Dellin Betances made his Spring debut for the Yankees last night, and as expected, he appeared as if he was in midseason form.
Betances threw a scoreless fourth against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, and for the most part felt good about his fastball and breaking ball.
“My breaking ball was good and my fastball was good early,” Betances said after he pitched on Wednesday night. “Now I’m just trying to work on arm strength because I don’t have that many games until the World Baseball Classic. But my adrenaline will kick in and I’ll be ready.”
Betances is expected to get one outing against the Tigers at Lakeland before he leaves for the World Baseball Classic.
Betances will play for Team Dominican Republic.
“I think he’s further ahead than he would be normally, just because he knew he’d be leaving,” Joe Girardi said. “Just in his velocity and the crispness of his pitches. His curveball looked outstanding today when I saw him throwing. It looked like he was in midseason form.”
Betances had a rough beginning of camp, especially after losing an arbitration case to the Yankees and president Randy Levine. However, Girardi believes Betances will move forward and have a productive season.
The Yankees will assess where Betances is once he returns from the World Baseball Classic.
— Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius wasn’t in the lineup yesterday because he had already left for the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius is scheduled to play for Team Netherlands.
— Girardi currently has no projections on what Gary Sanchez is going to do for the Yankees in 2017.