Dellin Betances
Dellin Betances
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Along with elite ratio help, Betances also provided double-digit saves for a second straight season as he served as the Yankees' closer last summer while Aroldis Chapman worked through physical and mechanical issues. Not a bad backup plan. Over the last three seasons, the 6-foot-8, 265-pounder has saved 31 games and has led relievers with a combined 14.8 K/9. Unfortunately, the converted starter's jagged delivery, which pulls him to the first-base side on nearly every offering, often corrupts his control. His 6.6 BB/9 was a glaring weakness hidden by that 2.87 ERA -- he benefited from another left-on-base percentage above 80. Relief pitchers work around such issues in small sample sizes, but huge dips in swinging-strike rate (15.4 to 12.7) and first-strike percentage (60.9 to 51.3) hint that the two-pitch hurler is becoming too predictable. It may only take tiny tweaks to correct those issues, however. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $5.1 million deal with the Yankees in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Notches fourth save
PNew York Yankees
September 21, 2018
Betances logged the save Friday against the Orioles, tossing a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit and striking out one.
Betances gave up a one-out single, but he managed to retire the final two batters to preserve the victory. He's managed to string together two scoreless outings since blowing a save Sunday against Toronto, and he'll handle mid-to-high-leverage situations down the stretch of the regular season as the Yankees head into the playoffs.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .190 355 153 30 59 11 0 6
Since 2016vs Right .168 455 181 65 64 11 0 9
2018vs Left .202 104 42 7 19 1 0 4
2018vs Right .168 146 66 16 21 4 0 3
2017vs Left .122 120 55 13 12 4 0 0
2017vs Right .159 141 45 31 17 2 0 3
2016vs Left .235 131 56 10 28 6 0 2
2016vs Right .174 168 70 18 26 5 0 3
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Since 2016Home 1.82 1.07 99.0 6 6 12 15.7 4.5 0.4
Since 2016Away 4.06 1.17 95.1 4 12 13 15.2 4.3 1.0
2018Home 2.73 1.03 33.0 4 3 1 15.3 3.5 1.1
2018Away 2.83 1.01 28.2 0 3 2 16.3 3.1 0.9
2017Home 1.45 1.29 31.0 1 1 5 15.4 7.5 0.0
2017Away 4.40 1.15 28.2 2 5 5 14.8 5.7 0.9
2016Home 1.29 0.91 35.0 1 2 6 16.5 2.6 0.0
2016Away 4.74 1.32 38.0 2 4 6 14.7 4.3 1.2
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How does Dellin Betances compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Relegated to seventh-inning duty early on, Betances eventually took over the closer role after Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were dealt at the trade deadline. Betances cruised through the first half, posting a 2.66 ERA and ridiculous 16.0 K/9, but fatigue seemed to catch up to the 28-year-old during the final month. Betances, who has made 217 total appearances over the last three seasons, stumbled to a 9.64 ERA with eight walks in 9.1 innings after the start of September. Still, the skills seem to be holding steady and after a full offseason of rest, the righty figures to enter 2017 once again as one of the game's best relievers. He'll return to a setup role with the Yankees re-signing Chapman.
Building on his breakout campaign as a rookie in 2014, Betances pitched just as well, if not better, in 2015. Pitching out of the eighth inning after losing out on the closer job to Andrew Miller in spring training, the 27-year-old did not allow an earned run until June. Using his overpowering fastball and filthy knuckle-curve, Betances led all relievers with 131 strikeouts, finishing the year with just a 1.50 ERA and a great 14.0 K/9. There is some concern with the tall righty though, as he's thrown 174 innings the past two season — with his 84 frames being the most among full-time relievers in 2015 — and he showed some signs of fatigue toward the end of the year. Still, Betances should still be among the game's elite out of the bullpen once again in 2016, though he will likely continue to be mostly a strikeout and ratios contributor in a setup role with the addition of Aroldis Chapman.
Now you understand why Betances was such a heralded prospect coming up through the system even though he consistently had no earthly idea where the ball was going. It had just become crystal clear that it wasn't going to work in the starting role so he shifted to the bullpen full-time in 2013 and took off at Triple-A with a 2.68 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He was still walking too many batters, which left him with a small margin for error. In 2014, command and control of both his fastball and slider seemed to emerge overnight, especially for the latter and all of a sudden he was one of the most devastating forces in the game. He fanned at least two batters in 49 of his 70 total appearances, pacing the league by 10 (Wade Davis was next best). His 35 appearances of more than an inning were also baseball’s best. The Yankees used their stud brilliantly and it paid substantial fantasy dividends even though he wasn't closing games. A ninth-inning role would likely make him the top reliever off the board as he already offers elite strikeout totals and ratios from the bullpen.
It was a tale of two seasons for Betances in 2013. The 25-year-old was terrible as a starter with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre early in the year, giving up 16 earned runs in his first 19 innings before transitioning to the bullpen. It was there that Betances got significantly better, getting scored upon just once in his last 23 Triple-A appearances. He didn't look great in a cup of coffee with the Yankees, but Betances' big fastball and shaky control play significantly better in relief. He could have a shot to make the bullpen out of spring training, or at least see time with the big club later in the year.
Betances is three years older, nine inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than fellow Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos, but the two share both excellent stuff and frustrating inconsistency.  Betances sits consistently in the high-90s with his fastball and has an outstanding power curve as well.  His secondary stuff needs work, which has some scouts beginning to profile him as a reliever, but 142 strikeouts in 126.1 innings in 2011 shows how dominant he can be, and if he can improve his command (he walked 70 last season), he may beat Banuelos to the Yankees rotation after starting 2012 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Betances spent the bulk of the year at High-A Tampa, holding opposing hitters to a woeful .169 average while racking up 88 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 71 innings (14 starts). Most impressively, he did it all in his first year back from Tommy John surgery (August 2009) and restored himself as one of the Yankees' best pitching prospects. At 6-foot-8, 245, Betances is a huge right-hander with a cannon arm, a fastball that hovers at 93-94 mph and a plus curveball. He'll likely start the year at Double-A Trenton, where he finished last season, and is unlikely to see any big league action until at least 2012.
Betances has the pitching arsenal and the stuff to develop into a front-of-the-rotation starter, but injuries threaten to derail the promising 21-year-old�s career. He�s dealt with forearm soreness in the past, and Tommy John surgery last August could keep him out for all of 2010. On the plus side, he�s young enough to recover, but it will likely have to wait until early 2011.
Betances flashed his potential at Low-A Charleston during his first complete season of professional ball in 2008, finishing among the South Atlantic League leaders in strikeouts by fanning 135 in just 115.1 innings. His walk rate needs to improve (4.61 BB/9IP) if he's going to make the move to the fast track, while his 6'8" frame has made repeating his mechanics an issue, and thereby results in spotty command. There are also concerns about injuries, after Betances was hampered by forearm tightness in the past. He'll begin 2009 as a 21-year-old at High-A Tampa, but some scouts believe he's got the stuff to be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues down the road, if his command develops enough for him to harness an arsenal boasting a mid-90's fastball and plus curveball.
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Records third save
PNew York Yankees
September 8, 2018
Betances allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three in a scoreless ninth inning to record his third save of the season Saturday against the Mariners.
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Rebounds for save
PNew York Yankees
September 1, 2018
Betances recorded his second save of the 2018 season Saturday, throwing a scoreless inning, working around a hit and striking out one to seal the Yankees' victory over the Tigers.
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Allows two homers, blows save against Tigers
PNew York Yankees
August 31, 2018
Betances (4-4) blew the save and took the loss Thursday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on a walk and a pair of home runs. He struck out three.
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Grabs fourth victory
PNew York Yankees
August 28, 2018
Betances (4-3) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox on Tuesday. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.
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Picks up one-out save
PNew York Yankees
August 25, 2018
Betances picked up his first save of the season Saturday against the Orioles, striking out the only batter he faced in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
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