When the Yankees drafted Dellin Betances back in 2006, the scouting report on the tall righthander explained that he combined sometimes plus stuff with a difficult to repeat delivery that meant he had poor control.
It's been seven years, but that scouting report is still pretty accurate. Betances can blow hitters away with his plus fastball, but he all too often is missing the strike zone. The strike zone has been jumping on Betances more and more in 2012. On Tuesday, Betances failed to throw strikes on 50 percent of his pitches for the fourth time in eight starts. It was also the fourth time in eight starts that Betances walked six batters. He needed 104 pitches (50 strikes) to go 3 2/3 innings, as he allowed three earned runs. All three runs came on Brad Eldred's 16th home run of the season.
Betances did strike out seven batters as well–so when he was able to put three strikes together, he was hard to hit.
The Yankees have been very patient with Betances over the past seven years, but there may be a point where the Yankees have to accept that Betances will never have even average command. The question then comes down to whether his command issues are better solved in the rotation or in the bullpen.
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