Betances Working On Release Point

Betances is just 1-5 in his last ten starts

Dellin Betances is one of the top Yankee prospects. However, due to frequent struggles with injuries and recent issues with delivery, he has earned himself a 1-5 record and a 5.55 ERA in his last ten starts. Yet, even in the midst of these struggles, Betances still displays the excellent pitches that the Yankees originally saw from him when they drafted him in 2006.

Manager Tony Franklin also sees the bright spots of Betances's recent struggles.

"A lot of people would judge on the win-lose record, but we tend to take a different view on that in the minor leagues," Franklin said prior to Sunday's start. "Is he commanding the strike zone a little bit better? Yes. Is he doing it consistently? No.

"Those are the types of things that we talk to him about. Those are things we work with him on. So I don't see it as a struggle. A lot of guys who have losing records end up in the big leagues and become very good pitchers."

Since being drafted, Betances has proved his abilities as a pitcher with his untouchable fastball, sharp curveball, and a changeup that moves like a two-seamer. His fastball is high in the zone, and coming in at 94-97 mph, fools hitters every time. His curveball, which ranges from 81-83 mph, has a big depth and hard rotation. Finally, his changeup which has the ability to reach the velocity of 85 mph finishes up his arsenal.

In addition to his pitches, Betances is also known for his immense presence on the mound and his strong, athletic build. However, recently, throwing strikes has been an issue, as he has been unable to find consistent release points for his pitches.

"Just trying to get the same release point and same arm strength, that's what I think is going to help me through more strikes," Betances said.

Pitching Coach Tommy Phelps agrees that a consistent delivery has been Betances's kryptonite, but he is confident that he will recover from the recent struggles.

"The biggest thing for him is just being able to repeat his release point," said Phelps. "I'm not worried at all. This is the same stuff we've been working through all year, trying different avenues, just trying to get him to get a consistent release point."

Nonetheless, Betances is confident that with continued work on his delivery and finding consistency, his issues will resolve. In fact, with the September call-ups drawing near, he could definitely see himself in New York soon.

"I definitely see myself playing with the Yankees—maybe next season," said Betances.

Promotions and call-ups have been shaking up the Thunder roster with the recent promotion of pitcher Manny Banuelos to Triple-A. However, manager Tony Franklin sees little relevance in promotions to the skill of the player.

"I don't even pay attention to that stuff. I pay attention to how much progress each guy is making. Our job is to get them to the major leagues as quickly as possible.

"Manny has since gone on to Triple-A, Dellin [Betances] is still here but I don't think it makes a difference one way or another because no matter where you pitch, you still have to be successful in what you're doing and you'll still have to perfect your game," said Franklin.

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