Dellin Betances, Relief Pitcher, New York Yankees, #68
Date of Birth: 3/23/1988
Birthplace: New York, New York
Current Salary: $3,000,000
Dellin Betances, relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, was drafted by the team in 2006. He pitched in the Yankees' minor league system from 2006 through 2013, joining the Yankees for two games in 2011 and six games in 2013. As a minor league pitcher, he had a 3.99 ERA, 36-36 record, and 723 strikeouts to 346 walks in 156 games.
Betances had an outstanding first full season in the major leagues in 2014. He led major league baseball in strikeouts for a relief pitcher with 135. He also set a surprising record for the Yankees - he surpassed the great Mariano Rivera by having the most single season strikeouts by a relief pitcher. He finished the 2014 season with a 1.40 ERA, 5-0 record, and 135 strikeouts to 24 walks in 90.0 innings in 70 games.
Betances had another strong season in 2015. In 74 games with the Yankees, he had a 6-4 record, 9 saves, 131 strikeouts to 40 walks, and a 1.50 ERA in 84.0 innings. He pitched 1.2 innings in the postseason Wild Card game and he gave up one hit and one earned run.
In 2016, Betances had a 3.08 ERA in 73 games. He finished the season with 3 wins and 6 losses, 12 saves, and 126 strikeouts to 28 walks in 73.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Betances through 2016 include:
- 225 games played
- 254.2 innings pitched
- 14-10 win-loss record
- 22 saves
- 404 strikeouts to 100 walks
- 2.16 ERA