Tuesday, August 9, 2011
When asked if the Yankees were allowing him to use all of his pitches, Betances said:
“No, right now I feel like I could do whatever I want. I just haven’t got the chance to do it. ’’
Another touchy subject with the 6-foot-8, Brooklyn-educated Betances has been his limited innings, but it is difficult to blame the notoriously cautious Yankees for his inability to reach 100 innings with less a month remaining in the regular season.
Because of his 4.9 walks per nine innings, Betances has been maddeningly inefficient and is averaging less than five innings per start.
“I think now they’re going to let me go,’’ Betances said. “I mean, I would love to go seven innings. I haven’t gone seven innings since Charleston (in 2008) just because they haven’t given me the chance. I’ve had games this year where I could have gone longer than six, but they have something going now and it’s getting to the last month.’’
The second sentence in the quote above is a reminder that the raw performance of a prospect can often be misleading. If the Yankees are having Betances work on his areas of weakness, it may be at least partially responsible for his disappointing season, but could also possibly pay dividends down the line.
I’m of the mindset that Betances’s health is the biggest concern about his long-term future. The fact that he’s remained healthy all year is encouraging to me. As far as how he’s done? It’s been kind of a bummer, but I still think he’s got a chance to be very good.
I’ll just say I don’t share the same outlook for Andrew Brackman.
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