Jan
21

Prospect Profile: Dellin Betances

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Dellin Betances | RHP

Background
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Betances attended Grand Street High School. He popped up on the prospect map after a sophomore year growth spurt that saw him add six inches and twenty pounds to his frame. Betances dominated as a junior, going 6-0 with 100 strikeouts and just eleven hits allowed in 41.2 IP. He allowed one earned run all season and led Grand Street to the PSAL semifinals, where he struck out sixteen in a three hit shutout of New Utrecht. Invited to the prestigous Aflac All-American Game, Betances retired the heart of the West squad’s lineup on nine pitches in his only inning of work.

Baseball America rated Betances the seventh best high school prospect prior to his senior year, however he struggled due to mechanical issues that led to inconsistent velocity. Despite that, he still managed to set a school record with 20 strikeouts in one game. In the revised rankings before the draft, he still checked in as the 68th best prospect in the class, and top prospect in the state. Betances had a strong commitment to follow fellow New Yorker Pedro Alvarez to Vanderbilt, and unconfirmed rumors swirled that he wanted a seven figure bonus and would only sign with the Yankees.

Betances lasted until the eighth round of the ’06 draft, when his hometown team popped him with the 254th overall pick. Despite the Vandy commitment and rumored bonus demands, he signed quickly for a cool million bucks, at a time a record for the eighth round. Betances was assigned to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Yanks after signing, and used his bonus money to buy his parents a house in Bogota after the summer.

Pro Career
Working the front end of a tandem start system with Zach McAllister, Betances had a dominant debut, allowing just 14 hits and 7 walks against 27 K in 23 IP. He fell short of qualifying for the league ERA title, but his 1.17 mark would have placed him second in the circuit. Betances started 2007 in Extended Spring Training to work on his mechanics, then reported to Short Season Staten Island in June. He made six decent starts for the Baby Bombers (25 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 10.57 Kper9) before going down with a strained elbow that ended his season.

Although there was speculation that he would need Tommy John surgery, Betances reported to Low-A Charleston at the start of 2008 without incident, and started Opening Day for the River Dogs. He was solid in his first eleven starts (55 IP, 4.42 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 10.47 Kper9) but struggled with his control, walking 6.54 batters per 9 IP. In early June he went down with a sore shoulder, and missed a month before returning in early July. Betances was much stronger in the second half (60.1 IP, 3.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 10.59 Kper9), but most importantly he got over his control problems and reduced his walk rate by nearly four walks per game, down to 2.83 BBper9. Despite missing a month due to injury, Betances finished sixth in the South Atlantic League with 135 strikeouts, pacing the circuit with a 10.54 strikeouts per nine innings.

Scouting Report
Betances works primarily with two pitches: a four seam fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and touches 98, and a hard downer curveball. He gets a wicked downward plane on his heater because of his size, and when he’s right hitters find it impossible to get any lift on his hard stuff. Betances’ changeup is in it’s infancy stages, and the Yanks have had him toy with a two seamer. His control varies day-to-day, but is generally okay.

Literally a monster on the mound, Betances checks in at 6’8″, 245 pounds. He struggles with his delivery because of his size and long limbs, often failing to maintain balance through his windup. Finding comfortable and consistent mechanics is always a difficult and cumbersome chore for tall pitchers, and it’ll probably be a few years before he figures things out.

Typical of high school pitchers, Betances still has to work on his fielding and ability to hold runners. He has a quiet confidence about him, and his work ethic is very good. The biggest issue with Betances is his durability, as he’s missed time with elbow and shoulder troubles the past few seasons, likely the result of mechanical issues. He must still prove he can hold up over a full season.

You can see his scouting video here, and some footage of his 2007 season debut here.

2009 Outlook
After a dominant second half with Charleston, Betances is ready to move up to High-A Tampa. Unless he devastates the Florida State League over the first ten or twelve weeks of the season, he’ll likely remain in Tampa for all of ’09.

My Take
If you’re cool enough to have been reading my stuff since the days of IGWT, then you know I’ve been on Betances since before he was even drafted. He’s very much a project, likely to need a full season at each level, but he’s a project with enormous upside and true ace potential. The key for his development is obviously his delivery. Once he gets that straightened out, his command will improve and everything else will come together. Betances doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2010 season, so there’s no need to rush him through the system. If his control improvement in the second half last year was real, he’ll grow into one of the better pitching prospects in the game.

Categories : Prospect Profiles
  • Tom Zig

    YES! A post on Betances!

  • steve (different one)

    there is no way he will ever be good, the Yankees missed their chance to take advantage of the draft.

    • Tom Zig

      Yankees prospects never turn out good. Only Sox prospects are amazing.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You’re both totally right. Also, Cashman is teh sux0r.

      • mike

        what about jeter, posada, mariano Their all future hall of famers

      • mike

        what about jeter, posada, mariano Their all future hall of famers

    • Ed

      Provide analysis to back up your statement.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • jsbrendog

        sarcasm meter fail

        • Lanny

          tough to do sarcasm on an anonymous internet posting board

          • steve (different one)

            yet everyone else got it.

            • Lanny

              apparently not everyone did

              • steve (different one)

                ok, not a big deal.

                i usually work under the idea that if i have to explain the joke, it probably wasn’t that funny.

                i can live with that.

                FWIW, the joke came from the previous thread.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Not really. If the sarcasm accurately mimics the concept/event/person being lampooned, AND the reader is a clever enough thinker to pick up on the natural departure from normal, rational thought, it’s obvious.

            In this case, either:
            A) Steve, Tom and I used sarcasm that wasn’t obvious enough, or
            B) Ed wasn’t quick enough on the draw

            Which of those two do you think it was?

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              (Raises hand high in the air, says “me me me”)

            • Mike Pop

              Was it C ?

            • Ed

              Since I have no idea who you are, sarcasm can not be inferred. I’ll go with choice A.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Since I have no idea who you are, sarcasm can not be inferred. I’ll go with choice A.

                [ shakes head ]

                I don’t know Jonathan Swift personally, but I knew instantly he didn’t really want to eat babies. Knowing the speaker is not necessary to knowing sarcasm when you see it. Understanding the issue at question AND being familiar with the viewpoints various people have taken on the issue is all that is needed.

                Let’s give you the benefit of the doubt that assume that you didn’t catch this comment from the immediately preceding post by Phil McCracken where he foolishly denigrated the Yankees braintrust by saying that the paying overslot bonus phenomenon was ended and that the “Yankees didn’t take advantage of the draft when they had the chance.”

                Had you read that statement, would you instantly have known that Steve was being snarky and sarcastic? I hope that you would.

            • Currambayankees

              Can I answer this one? Can I? Can I?

    • vic g

      Betances is gunna be the ace of the NY yankees in 2-3 years … You’ll see

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Baseball Intellect (I think?) ranks him the Yankees #2 prospect, behind Jesus Montero.

    I just really like the name Dellin Betances, it rolls off the tongue.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Dealin’ Dellin.

  • UWS

    Bust.

    • Ed

      Show me the data and scouting report to back this up.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • jsbrendog

        i like your moxey

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Heh.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.
        • Joey
          • Mike Pop

            I like this one.

          • UNION YES.

            The sarcasm detector is off the charts. With the RINGING and the BEEPING and the GLAYVIN!!!!

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Professor Frink, Professor Frink, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you think.

      • Should be working
  • steve (different one)

    Mike, you’ve said this before, but what do you think is Tampa’s rotation to start the season?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Obviously you can’t take my word for it, but I’m thinking Brackman, Betances, Bleich, McAllister, Heredia, not necessarily in that order. If they start McAllister in AA, then DeLaRosa takes his place.

      • pat

        I would think with WDR’s inclusion on the 40 man roster and powerful fastball/ slider combo he would be ticketed for tampa. The presence of the slider should keep people off his heater and allow him to work on developing a better changeup or curveball.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Oh, I still think he’ll be with Tampa, but if McAllister is there he’ll work out of the pen.

          • pat

            Zmac was pretty dominant in tampa. 88 ip 62k 13bb .98 whip 1.83 era. I hope they start him in trenton so wdr can be in the rotation.

      • A.D.

        Ridiculous rotation

        • kunaldo

          agreed…i like jairo too for some reason

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Heh, when I saw the thread title, I just said, “awesome” before even reading the post.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “www.hulu.com” + “…..n-my-pants” = comedy gold.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Pretty much.

  • Reggie C.

    What ML pitcher has Daniel Cabrera physique + stuff … but actual command ?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      SHUTUP, DUDE, YOU’RE RUINING MY HIGH!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      There’s isn’t one.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Jeff Juden was pretty awesome.

        DISCLAIMER: The above comment was probably sarcasm. Be forewarned.

        • jsbrendog

          marc hutton.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    New Utrecht, huh? Cool, that’s my older brother’s alma mater. Oh, and the piece about him buying his parents a home in Colombia is cool, I thought he was Dominican.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Bogota’s in New Jersey.

      Georgraphy FAIL

      • UWS

        Bogota’s in New Jersey.

        Geography FAIL

        Now I can’t tell if my own sarcasm detector is broken.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Sarcasm meter FAIL.

          Hah! See what I did there?!?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            ICWUDT

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.
  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    “Betances was assigned to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Yanks after signing, and used his bonus money to buy his parents a house in Bogota after the summer.”

    I wonder how many houses in Bogota you could buy with $1M USD. I’m gonna say seven or eight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=43434432275 Ace

      Have to ask….whats the story with your name?

      • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

        Highlight his name.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Which part of it?

        • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

          Before the a.k.a.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Just as long as he remembers how many he has.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Dellin Betances = John McCain

    • Infamous

      Bogota????? A million dollar bonus and he chooses all towns of Bogota?? I live about 2 minutes from there and the only thing they got going for them is a huge driving range.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I’m just glad he didn’t buy them a house in Lebanon, NJ.

        Cause then everyone around here would REALLY be confused.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=43434432275 Ace

    Great post. Thanks for linking the vids.

  • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

    I only jumped on his band wagon in 2007 after seeing him pitch. He CAN be the next Joba type pitcher for us. He has a lot of work to do but, he and Brackman by 2010/2011 along with Phil and Joba and possible Zack…one hell of a rotation!
    One (two) big problem is going to be CC and AJ what do we do with them? What do we do with the guys coming up; Phil, Betances, Brackman and Zack?
    Obviously all of them are not going to be as good as they are projected (maybe). If even two of them become as good as advertised, one dominate rotation we could have.
    What a problem to have!

    • Lanny

      take a deep breath and relax there

      nice to have enthusiasm

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        SHUT UP FOOL RANGERS A PIMP

        h/t pat
        (http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-263204)

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I laughed at that.

          (can’t put a hyperlink in parentheticals, it won’t link it)

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah, my bad. Mondesi Fail.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “I laughed at that.”

            Unfortunately, Doc did not.

        • Mike Pop
        • pat

          Congressman you continually prove to me why you will always have my vote should you decide to run for a higher office.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Ha… Hmmmm (rubs chin)… Hat-tips for everyone!

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Congressman Mondesi = Diamond Joe Quimby

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                I’m a bad wittle boy.

        • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

          Yup! You got it right!
          Other than stats and wise cracks, why not add to the conversations…be a lot more helpful to some of the people that may not have heard about these guys.
          I know you are smarter then that.
          If I am such a bad judge of talent why is Joba, Cano, Brett and soon Cervelli (maybe) all on the 25 man roster. I pimped for all of them. Phil will make it, also IPK…maybe later this year or trade bait.

  • pat

    Mike these prospect profiles really suck. They definitely do not get me super giddy and excited for next season. When I read them they do not make me extremely optimistic about the future of our beloved organization. I am definitely not looking forward to every single DOF next season with baited breath (and roofies!). Maybe now you can call that lady at my soccer games you’re always looking at!

    • jsbrendog

      yeah seriously, post more on arod and jeter’s love lives and jorge’s hot wife

      • steve (different one)
        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          http://umpbump.com/press/wp-co....._regis.jpg

          I don’t know how he hasn’t sprained his neck or lost an eye by now…

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Dude you just wasted a half-hour of my life. But it was a blissful half-hour.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Do you need one of pat’s roofies?

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              So confused by that whole thing. Really don’t even know how to joke about it.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I thought it was brilliant.

                I mean, the dude’s talking about tranquilizing himself before masturbating, and actually described it as “It’s a game of skill, deception, honor and deceit.”

                It was awesome. I applaud you, pat.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I find myself vacillating between giggling/laughter and being terrified when I read that convo (below). It’s, like, hysterical, but then the mental image is vomit-inducing. I’d say I’m just going to go back to another thread and get this out of my head, but the other choices are a discussion of whether Derek Jeter is gay/going to play for the Dodgers/a pimp or a discussion of a potential Morgan/Miller/Phillips booth. Rough day around here.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  the mental image is vomit-inducing. I’d say I’m just going to go back to another thread and get this out of my head, but the other choices are a discussion of whether Derek Jeter is gay/going to play for the Dodgers/a pimp or a discussion of a potential Morgan/Miller/Phillips booth.

                  Here you go:

                  http://www.wagrankings.com/hot.....ees-wives/

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  “Alright, so Hideki Matsui doesn’t have a wife. But this was one of the best pranks in recent memory, so it’s worthy of the list.

                  Matsui held a press conference to announce his engagement to a mystery bride. He said he didn’t have a photograph, so he brought this drawing resembling a police sketch. Apparently it was to win a bet he made with Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu regarding who would get married first.

                  Nice work, Hideki. I salute you.”

                  Greatest. Thing. Ever.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Here you go:

                  http://www.wagrankings.com/hot.....ees-wives/

                  Who else saw Erica Ellyson (Laptop’s ex-gf) on Momma’s Boys (aka the best reality show ever)?

                • Mike Pop

                  How does Buchholz get with that?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        ….and people wonder why my sarcasm meter is so damn good…

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I am definitely not looking forward to every single DOF next season with baited breath (and roofies!).

      Wait, you are you using the roofie on, yourself? Are you diminishing your own capacity so you can take advantage of yourself and then leave yourself on the side of the road somewhere?

      • pat

        Its a game of skill, deception, honor and deceit. Its called drink a bottle of nyquill slip yourself a mickey then try and make it through a whole DOF and flog the dolphin before passing out. Best of all everybody who plays wins!

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Best (and simultaneously worst) comment ever.

          • pat

            thanks it was more or less for the perverted people.

  • Mike Pop

    Mike, he would probably be better suited for the pen right?

    After all a 2.40 for a relieverr over 60 innings is better than a 3.40 over 200 innings for a starter.

    To the 8th with him!

    • Joey

      Pfh, he’ll never be good enough for the 8th inning role…

      • Mike Pop

        Imagine how good the pen would be after Mo GOD retires? 5 inning game baby!!!!!!!! Who cares what happens in those first 5 innings, it is all about the shutdown pen.

        6th-Coke
        7th-Betances
        8th-Brackman
        9th-Joba

        • Joey

          How dare you scratch out the name of Mo! You need to say 15 hail mary’s and pray for forgiveness from now until the end of the world (when Mo sees fit to end the world that is)

          • Mike Pop

            I have done my pennance, may his holiness forgive me.

  • Mike Pop

    Does he have more upside than any other pitcher in our system?

    • Joey

      I’d guess only Brackman’s ahead of him there

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      1. Melvin Crousett

      2. Andrew Brackman
      3. Dellin Betances

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        …did we sign Crousett?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Thank you Jamal. RAB will soon make Melvin Croussett a household name.

        VIVA Asesino de Sueños!!

        • George

          Like Jamal, I am a going to keep a watchful eye Crousett and Christian Garcia

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d put him behind Brackman, but it’s nitpicking.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    “Betances works primarily with two pitches: a four seam fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and touches 98, and a hard downer curveball… Betances’ changeup is in it’s infancy stages, and the Yanks have had him toy with a two seamer.

    After a dominant second half with Charleston, Betances is ready to move up to High-A Tampa. Unless he devastates the Florida State League over the first ten or twelve weeks of the season, he’ll likely remain in Tampa for all of ‘09… He’s very much a project, likely to need a full season at each level, but he’s a project with enormous upside and true ace potential… Betances doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2010 season, so there’s no need to rush him through the system.”

    So, tell me what conclusions that I’m drawing from this are incorrect:

    1) As he’s a starter who only has two pitches, the focus for him over the next two years will be working on mastering a repeatable, stress-free delivery and developing that third and fourth pitch

    2) That with 2009-Tampa, 2010-Trenton, and 2011-Scranton, we’re looking at a 2012 ETA if all goes well

    3) Dellin Betances once bowled a perfect 300. Without a ball. He wasn’t even in a bowling alley.

    • Doc

      My eyes roll everytime I see a post from this poster. Fine line between funny and really really tortotously unfunny

      • Mike Pop

        Uh-oh

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        My eyes roll everytime I see a post from this poster. Fine line between funny and really really tortotously unfunny

        Andy Kaufman says hello.

        • jsbrendog

          no he doesn’t he is dead. CWIDT?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Shows what you know. He’s only mostly dead.

      • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        You could always skip his posts if u don’t like them

        • jsbrendog

          too easy.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        That response was tortotously pointless, but thanks for coming out to play.

      • pat

        Well now your backs gonna hurt because you just pulled landscape duty.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I was also considering going with the “I post pretty much for the intelligent fans” response.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        I always find it fascinating when first-time commenters try to stir the pot.

        • jsbrendog

          and they always choose the same guy hahaha

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

            The worst part is that it was mostly a serious comment until the last line. Which in no way can be construed as tortotously unfunny. Even Dick Cheney would agree with that.

            • Mike Pop

              Damn newbs. Put in your time here.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Even Dick Cheney would agree with that.

              I have no regrets.

              http://www.hulu.com/watch/5346.....s-p1-st-i3

              • jsbrendog

                no i donot. mehhhh

        • http://evizions.com eVizions

          I find it strange that he chose the one post where TJSC is 2/3 serious…

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            If you factor in that half of the post was just me quoting Mike, I was like 7/8ths serious…

            • http://evizions.com eVizions

              I was referring to “original” TJSC material. You know, the copyrighted stuff.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Gotcha.

    • pat

      Dude I heard he used to be the weatherman for his highschool newscast, but was fired for always predicting a 100% chance of FASTBALL.

      • jsbrendog

        this was awful. but somehow quite humorous.

  • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.
    • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      That was an accident. You can delete it, Mike.

    • Joey

      fail?

      • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        I wasn’t the first one to do it.

    • jsbrendog

      more blank posts??

      since my head already exploded like 5 times today……refer to DOF comments above for “insert dirty reference here”

  • Mike Pop

    Seems like every day on the Network there is always a 2007 W.S. game lol.

    Whenever I turn it on, BAM the Sox score.

    • jsbrendog

      STOP TURNING IT ON!!! YOURE HELPING THEM WIN!!!

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    Mike, another great profile, but I have one big complaint. The word ‘literally’ is in serious trouble these days. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Betances does not breath fire on the mound. He does not swallow Tokyo civilians whole. He is tall, and throws a baseball very hard. This may make him a monster on the mound, but not literally.

    • Mike Pop
    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      While I’m in agreement with your general point…

      monster
      –noun
      1. a legendary animal combining features of animal and human form or having the forms of various animals in combination, as a centaur, griffin, or sphinx.
      2. any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people.
      3. any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character.
      4. a person who excites horror by wickedness, cruelty, etc.
      5. any animal or thing huge in size.

      6. Biology.
      a. an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure, as from marked malformation or the absence of certain parts or organs.
      b. a grossly anomalous fetus or infant, esp. one that is not viable.
      7. anything unnatural or monstrous.
      –adjective
      8. huge; enormous; monstrous: a monster tree.

      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/monster

      Dellin Betances does fit the literal definition of a monster. It’s not just dragons and griffins and orcs.

      • jsbrendog

        jeez i just rolled my eyes due to your enlightening and factually substantive post. you suck

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          RAB is now officially a seven layer cake of inside jokes, snarky references, and sarcastic one-liners stacked on top of each other.

          http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2.....r-day.html

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            We are like Russia. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

      • Mike Pop

        It’s D and D!!!!

    • jsbrendog

      saint literati

  • Mike Pop

    He’s definitely my favorite Yankee prospect. Really hope he turns out to be what he is capable of. Be awesome to see that “monstrous” rotation at work.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I’m with you on that… AND he’s from Brooklyn. How freaking cool will it be if he pans out.

  • UNION YES.

    lol @ 6b

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’m guessing that calling a baby with a birth defect or a biological anomaly a “monster” is from the linguistic days of people freely using terms like “mongoloid” and “octaroon”.

      • A.D.

        sadly I heard the word “octaroon” used just the other day

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Get out of here, really?

          Who let Pat Robertson out of his cage?

          • A.D.

            For real… in New Orleans… which explains some of it, I almost choked on my water

        • whozat

          First context ad on dictionary.com when I looked up octaroon:

          “Find Interracial Females.”

  • Ed

    Back up this statement with data.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Heh.

      ICWUDT.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        It’s not the same Ed. Some dude who changes his name all the time.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I still liked it, though.

          (although I have a bone to pick with people who change their name all the time, but that’s a separate conversation.)

        • Mike Pop

          He’s cool.

          • Billy the Kid

            Mike Pop is so cool, he is my favorite poster on here. I heard he is extremely attractive too.

            • Mike Pop

              Aww, thanks man.

              • jsbrendog

                shenanigans. i call it.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • Mike Pop

                  Officer Mac: Hey Farva, what’s that restaraunt you like, with all the crazy shit on the walls?

                  Farva: Shenanigans? You guys mean Shenanigans right!?!

      • Tom Zig

        ICWUDT?

        ¿Qué?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          I see what you did there.

          Not to be confused with UCWIDT.

    • jsbrendog

      this was amusing

  • greg

    Anyone an espn insider? Keith Law put out his rankings and I can only see AJack, wondering where Montero checked in and if anyone else did in the top 100. Also can only see his top 10 organizational rankings. I’m guessing the yanks are around 15-16, can anyone tell me?

    • Joey

      Dunno if I can copy and paste it, if not Joe/Ben/Mike can delete, but Yanks come in at 15:

      15. New York Yankees: For the first time in several years, the Yankees’ system is light on impact talent, with major question marks on each of the top four prospects. The 2008 draft class doesn’t offer much hope — the Yankees’ first pick reversed course on them midsummer and decided to go to college; their third pick had a medical issue and didn’t agree to terms; and the resulting crop of players doesn’t offer much upside.

      • billbybob

        Can you also tell us which Yankees made the top 100 prospect list? There is no way I am paying money for some ESPN insider crap.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I’ll have it in the Open Thread at 7.

      • Brian Cashman is Watching

        In terms of rankings, not having a first round pick or a second round pick hurts. The ranking could be considerably higher with Cole or Bittle in the system. That’s the “impact talent” that Law looks for in his rankings. It could be the right decision depending on who is available this year. Considering Cole’s immaturity and violent delivery, maybe someone better is available this year. Or maybe no one falls to New York and Cole was a better option.

        In terms of compensation, if the Yankees do not sign their first round or second round picks this year (the compensation picks from last year’s draft), they do not get them next year. It’s a one shot deal.

  • A.D.

    Basically Dellin + Brackman have the opportunity to be the best 1 – 2 punch in baseball

    • Mike Pop

      Wow wo wow, remember Yankees prospects don’t ever turn out to be good. Buchholz/Lester/Hagadone—that’s the punch I don’t wanna ever see.

    • http://evizions.com eVizions

      Basically Dellin + Brackman have the opportunity to be the best 1 – 2 punch in baseball the FSL.

      Fixed. Let’s not let expectations get too high.

      • A.D.

        that’s why I said “opportunity”

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  • Matt L

    Mike,

    I remember the day he was drafted, it was so frustrating, it was the first draft I followed and you were updating us, and IGWT just crashed. I do remember you mentioning that he you be a great pick well before the draft.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, that was an aggravating day because blogger crapped out.

      It was also a great day too, because that’s when I kind of gained a little blogging notoriety for writing up four pitchers I felt the Yanks should take (three months before the draft), and they took three of them (Kennedy, Joba, Betances).

      • Jacob

        Just out of curiosity, who was the fourth?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Brandon Morrow, the kid who nearly no-hit the Yanks in Seattle last season. Here’s that post I was talking about:

          http://ingeorgewetrust.blogspo.....draft.html

          • Mike Pop

            Was there ever really a chance of Morrow falling to us?

  • Chris

    Damn Mike…you nailed 3 out of your 4 2006 draft picks on your old blog. You must have been ecstatic at the time. And you wanted Betances over Chamberlain. It’s entirely possible that it is still too early to tell.

  • daneptizl

    Wicked.

  • Drew

    sounds good. hope to see him in AAA in a few years.

  • AL

    Last year he won the 1st Deline Betances award and gave the one million signing bonus to charity.

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