Dellin Betances had a very good year last season and after a brief September call up, he looked poised for a potential breakout in 2012. However, his season has been quite horrible and on Wednesday it hit a new low as the Yankees have demoted him to Double-A Trenton, according to Josh Norris of the Trentonian.
Betances was ranked No. 63 on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects before the season started and is currently No. 4 on BBD’s Top 50 Yankees prospects list, but is likely to be dropped lower on both lists by the end of the season. That’s because he has walked a whopping 8.3 batters per nine innings so far this year to go with a 6.39 ERA over 74.2 innings at the Triple-A level. He is also averaging just 4.2 innings per start.
A demotion like this is something teams try very hard to avoid as it is embarrassing and has to be a huge blow to his confidence. The Yankees have to do something though as he’s been completely erratic on the mound all season with just one start that might be considered good.
What’s next for him is either a move to the bullpen, where scouts have said he profiles at anyway, or the Yankees could potentially try to breakdown and re-work his mechanics. I’m in favor of the ladder because relievers are a dime a dozen compared to solid starters and while his control has been atrocious, he has very good stuff.
Either way, something had to happen and as embarrassing as it is I’m glad it finally did. To let him keep on going on walking almost a batter per inning is even more embarrassing. Good luck Dellin.