Betances & Montgomery highlight Arizona Fall League pitching crop

Game 141: Spoiler
Aardsma escaped bases loaded jam in latest rehab outing

Via Josh Norris, the Yankees are sending right-handers Dellin Betances, Mark Montgomery, Danny Burawa, and Zach Nuding to the Arizona Fall League this year. Austin Romine, Slade Heathcott, and David Adams have already been confirmed on the position player side.

Betances had a nightmare season that ended with shoulder tendinitis, but apparently he’ll be healthy enough to pitch in the desert. He has a long way to go to rebuild his prospect value, and it’ll be interesting to see if he starts or relieves out there. Montgomery is the club’s best bullpen prospect and Burawa isn’t far behind, though he missed the entire season with oblique and rib problems. Nuding is a bit of a sleeper and might have the biggest arm in the organization, though he missed time with a shoulder injury this year as well. That’s the common theme here, everyone ticketed for the AzFL other than Montgomery had injury problems in 2012.

Game 141: Spoiler
Aardsma escaped bases loaded jam in latest rehab outing
  • Richard Leo

    why Montgomery?

    • Laz

      I’m surprised too. He is already at 65 innings on the year, which is more than any of the relievers with the big league club. Then they tack on another 32 game season. It’s one thing if it is the MLB playoffs, but the AFL doesn’t really matter. He got enough work in this season one would think. I was really hoping Banuelos would be healthy in time.

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  • JW

    Yeah, wondering why Montgomery? Hasn’t he basically had enough of a workload this season, and shown enough? What’s the point of sending him out there? Maybe Mike or someone else can explain.

    • Mike Axisa

      Just to get more work in.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

    Betances needs to visit the Lizzard King in the desert…eat a peyote pizza, and come back with twenty twenty vision through his 3rd chakra.

  • RetroRob

    Is there a set number of players each team sends to the AFL? Seems like the Yankees are sending more this year, or maybe I just didn’t pay as close attention to how many in the past.

    • Mike Axisa

      Seven every year. Not sure if it’s always three position players and four pitchers, but it feels like it is.

  • Adam

    Doesn’t it seem odd that they chose to add Montgomery given the fact that he has already pitched 64.1 relief innings this year? I love him as much as the next guy but I think the Yankees should’ve chose someone else who really needed to add some more innings under their belt this season.

  • MMMyyKuroda

    Not to be the biggest baseball hipster in the universe, but I saw Nuding pitch in Clearwater this summer, and he threw a 4 hit shut out.

    However, the star of the game was this big meat head masher named ‘Kyle Roller’…Mike, do you know anything about Mr. Roller? Is he even a shot in the dark fringe-y prospect?

    • Laz

      24 year olds in A tend to hit a bit better. He did good on the year, I would assume he will get his shot in trenton. Although he still strikes out alot.

  • Laz

    Betances can still be a decent pitcher. He just needs to work on getting his strikouts back up. Every year in the minors that his k’s have dropped below 1 per inning he has had a bad year. A good season for him he is striking out 1.1+ per inning. This year it is under .95.

    • JonS

      Can’t get strikeouts if you can’t throw strikes. One step at a time. :)

      • Laz

        2009 he was awful and was able to come back to a good prospect. Of course now he is 24 and should really be ready for the majors.

  • Naved

    Betances needs to repeat his delivery. Simple as that. If he can do that then he will be an incredible asset to the Yankees. If he can’t then he is going to make as much of an impact as either me or you. Nothing.

  • RkyMtnYank

    If they chose Monty for the AFL they should have just called him up to the big leagues and got him some quality work.

  • Omerta

    They want Montgomery to be ready to take Robertson’s spot next year.