This season has been an absolute nightmare for Yankees right handed pitching prospect Dellin Betances and now it is over. Josh Norris of the Trentonian reported that Betances has been placed on the disabled list after a MRI showed tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.
Betances entered this season ranked as the 63rd best prospect in baseball by Baseball America and on the door step of the major leagues, but command issues have raised serious concerns as to if he is a major leaguer at all.
In 74.2 innings at Triple-A, Betances had a 6.39 ERA with a 8.6 K/9 and a horrific 8.3 BB/9. That earned him a demotion to Double-A where he improved his BB/9 (4.8), but continued to have poor success and posted a 6.51 ERA in 56.2 innings.
Now his shoulder injury doesn’t seem serious enough to warrant surgery, but with less than two weeks left in the minor league season there won’t be time for him to come back. So he’s likely to shut it down for the season and hopefully he can figure out his mechanics sometime this offseason and come back revitalized for next year (even if that is a long shot).