Dellin Betances was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 draft.
The Yankees converted Betances from a started to reliever in early 2013. He had some good pitches–a mid 90’s fastball, slider and change-up–but he was just not performing as a starter. The hope was that he could use his pitchers to their full potential in short, lethal bursts. Like most pitchers who are forced to convert to the pen, he was not thrilled, but it is hard to argue with the results.
In his first five seasons in the majors he has gone 14-10 with 22 saves and a 1.001 WHIP. He owns a career 189 ERA+ has been selected to three All-Star games. While he is certainly no Mariano Rivera–who is?–he is doing more than his part to fill the hole that Rivera left when he retired.
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