Yankees call up Dellin Betances, send down David Adams

Pondering the fate of Curtis Granderson
Game 116: Win a series, maybe?

The Yankees have called up right-hander Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton, the team announced. Seldom used infielder David Adams was sent down in a corresponding move. Betances has pitched very well since moving to the bullpen earlier this year (1.46 ERA and ~2.05 FIP in 49.1 IP), but this is about adding a fresh arm to the bullpen more than anything else. Don’t be surprised if he gets sent back down in a few days.

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Pondering the fate of Curtis Granderson
Game 116: Win a series, maybe?
  • trr

    Adams will probably be back in Sept, sooner if someone gets hurt again. Lets’s give Betances a look-see; maybe he can help next year in the pen

    • Cashman’s Mistress

      Except they won’t play him. If Nix is the answer, then they have no understanding of the right questions.

      • RetroRob

        Reminds me of an old Bill James Abstract. He’d write these detailed analysis of most players, where others he’d toss in a short, throw-away line if that was all the player was worth. For a forgettable player named Rick Schu (pronounced shoe) he wrote if the Schu fits, you’re a second-division team.

        Sadly, the same can be said for Nix, without the rhyme.

  • Richard Leo

    Hope he can stick with team.There is no harm for letting him show what he can do with Major League hitter

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Great. Let him hang with Mo for a few months and maybe learn the cutter as well as getting to see first hand how a true professional goes about his business.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Is there even a spot in the bullpen bench for Joba anymore, or will he have to bring a folding chair with him?

    • YankeeFan

      I don’t see the reason why not to cut him now and start getting rid of the dead spots on this roster. I guess they think a contender will pick him up and he will revert back to old form.

      • Cashman’s Mistress

        Their failure to move Hughes to the bullpen should tell you all you need to know about this org’s insane stubbornness.

        • SDB

          OK, so let’s say Hughes gets moved to the bullpen? Who starts then? Nuno’s gone ROS, Phelps is shut down with arm issues, Pineda’s shut down with shoulder issues, there’s NO starting pitching depth.

          • Cashman’s Mistress

            Warren deserves a shot the rest of this year. In prior years, many others deserved those innings that Hughes sucked with.

            • SDB

              Won’t/can’t happen. With the way Pettitte and CC have been this year, there needs to be one reliable long man in the pen so every arm in bullpen doesn’t get used when Andy has one of his 3.1 IP/9 H/5 ER games.

              Warren’s not been throwing more than a couple of innings at a time lately – in the last few weeks I don’t think he’s gone over 40 pitches in any outing, so he’d need to be stretched out a lot.

            • SDB

              Won’t/can’t happen. With the way Pettitte and CC have been this year, there needs to be one reliable long man in the pen so every arm in bullpen doesn’t get used when Andy has one of his 3.1 IP/9 H/5 ER games.

              Warren’s not been throwing more than a couple of innings at a time lately – in the last few weeks I don’t think he’s gone over 40 pitches in any outing, so he’d need to be stretched out a lot.

            • SDB

              Won’t/can’t happen. With the way Pettitte and CC have been this year, there needs to be one reliable long man in the pen so every arm in bullpen doesn’t get used when Andy has one of his 3.1 IP/9 H/5 ER games.

              Warren’s not been throwing more than a couple of innings at a time lately – in the last few weeks I don’t think he’s gone over 40 pitches in any outing, so he’d need to be stretched out a lot.

              • SDB

                whoops. dunno how that happened.

                (is there an echo in here?)

            • Kosmo

              I would let Marshall or Huff take his turn in the rotation probably not now but when the rosters expand. They´ve both pitched OK baseball over the last month and 1/2 nothing great but it can´t be any worse than Phuckup Huge.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                They could be MUCH worse. Zero upside in pitching a journeyman like Huff. Marshall’s looked shaky, at best, in AAA.

                The rich lather of whatever over Hughes really does blind folks sometimes into thinking there’s actual better options right now.

                If Pineda was at full strength, he’d be your guy. Otherwise, I don’t see what’s really better than Hughes right now.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      They might as well release him at this point. He’s about half a step up from batting practice pitcher. .

      • Cashman’s Mistress

        You talking about Hughes?

    • SDB

      Can we just give him a trampoline?

  • dennyneagleshooker

    4 years later the killer b’s #cashfail that worked out great………

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Killer B’s are well behind generation K at this point though there’s still hope for Banuelos.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        ….and Betances.

        But let’s talk as if every prospect works out and only the things your average fifteen year-old can remember count.

        • Dick M

          This from the guy who uses P Claiborne as evidence of Yankee player development.

    • YankeeFan

      A lot of ifs as always with prospects but if Dellin is the real deal out of the bullpen and ManBan comes back from TJ surgery, you can potentially get a setup guy and a lefty starting pitcher out of those 3. I’ll take that any day. Both Dellin and Brackman were lottery tickets.

      • Cashman’s Mistress

        Lottery tickets? First round picks should never be lottery tickets.

        Problem is, that’s exactly how this org thinks about player development. As some random set of numbers that either come in or don’t.

        Shudder the thought of actually helping develop a player.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          First round picks should never be lottery tickets.

          When your first pick is consistently low first round or lower, taking a high risk, high upside pick once in a while isn’t the worst idea.

          • Cashman’s Mistress

            Tell that to the Red Sox.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Get lost, variant-on-hating-Cashman, version 6.0.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Ever heard of Stryker Trahan?

        • Reply Fail

          From what I remember Brackmans ceiling was of an Ace. It never translated and he could never put it all together.
          As for Betances, he was drafted in round number eight.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Ceiling was ace. Floor was will-never-actually-hit-home-plate. He was a big risk and we knew it from the second they drafted him. Sometimes you swing for the fences like that.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Dellin Betances was an 8th round pick…

  • Bavarian Yankee

    Betances deserves the call-up, he’s been pretty good as a reliever and his walks don’t hurt that much in that role.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      1.63 ERA 60+ K in 48 frames since joining the pen in AAA.
      Give this kid a shot. Not everyone was made to be a starting pitcher, he might just be lights out in a MLB pen.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        Oh, I just read the stats above. They’re even better than what I read.

  • mt

    Just my hunch, as far as Joba (not so much Hughes becuase Nuno, Phelps and Pineda are all hurt so there really is not a good replacement), I can see Yanks counting down days to September 1 (today is August 11 – 21 days to go) when rosters expand so Joba can be on ML roster and just be buried.

    I think Yanks will do everything in their power not to formally take action and release Joba before September 1. Why? If they release him, there will of course be lots of negative press coverage not just about Joba but about Yankees as an organization (how Yanks messed up Joba, the general Yankee failure to develop pitching). Yanks probably do not want to see that if they can avoid it (also Joba being cut to be picked up by a contender where he may thrive for a couple of weeks or make the playoffs while Yanks sit at home would be similar to sticking another knife into them.)

    Also Yanks, although they will not publicly say it, are not in contention anyway. Calling up Dellin is the only 2014 friendly move that keeping Joba can be deemed to have “blocked”. That is now no longer an issue since they have managed to call up Dellin without cutting Joba.

    I guess Jeter coming back this month is another risk to Joba’s place on 25 man roster but again they may just stretch Jeter’s return out to September 1 and/or send Warren or Claiborne down for a little bit (easier to send Claiborne down now since Claiborne has struggled recently).

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    In a sad way its almost encouraging that even as everything else in the organization goes to hell their seemingly never ending pipeline of middle relief remains string as ever.

    • Cashman’s Mistress

      Nothing like turning top starting talent into middle relievers! W00t!!!!

      • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

        Look, we’re all good at something. That’s what the Yankees minor league system does. They turn top prospects into middle relief. Its a skill, really.

      • 302w

        Can’t you find something more positive to do with your time besides constantly complaining about a baseball team and starting arguments on a blog?

  • Kosmo

    Brackman, Betances and Banuelos

    Hughes, Joba , Hughes and IPK

    Noel, Johnson and Yarnell

    Taylor

    So many fall by the wayside. IPK still has something of a career and I´m hoping Banuelos rebounds from TJ and becomes everything this org. could hope for.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We speak as if Hughes is a completely lost cause. His Yankee career may be near the end, but he’s going to get additional opportunities.

      • RetroRob

        …and a lot of money.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I firmly believe he’s gonna have a nice career in some big NL park.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Exactly, just like AJ and IPK.