When we talk to scouts about Dellin Betances, there's a reason we get such a range of opinions.
Coming into tonight's start, the Yankees 24-year-old righthander had been getting battered in Triple-A, walking six batters in three of his first six starts en route to a 6.35 ERA. Betances is neither smooth nor particularly athletic at 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, and when he overthrows, his mechanics get tangled and his location suffers.
Then he has days like today that remind scouts why there's still promise. Betances threw 97 pitches in an eight-inning, one-run performance, holding Columbus (Indians) to two hits and two walks while striking out seven.
There's still a ways to go for Betances to show he can string together more starts resembling this one, but when he's repeating his delivery and putting the ball in the strike zone, Betances reminds scouts of his upside, even if it comes with maddening inconsistency.
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