Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yankees Announce Today's Starter

Sorry, Red Sox fans. Today the New York Yankees will be starting 23 year old rookie Dellin Betances, who has amassed of all two thirds of an inning in his brief Major League career, against the Rays in the regular season finale. His one career major league appearance to this point also came against Tampa, but he walked 4 batters and hit a 5th out of the 7 guys he faced before getting the hook in a 15-8 loss. The former 8th round draft pick made 25 starts this year between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and while he struck out 142 hitters in just 126 1/3 innings and held hitters to just a .217 average, he also averaged nearly 5 walks per 9 innings in the minors this season. Still, scouts love his makeup as he stands 6'8" and can touch up to 98 miles per hour with his fastball, though he more typically works in the 94-95 mile per hour range. Probably not what Sox fans wanted to hear considering they could REALLY use a Tampa Bay loss tonight, but even the greatest of pitchers were once inexperienced rookies so you never know. That's why they play the game, right?
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