LADY AT THE BAT: From Washington Heights To Flushing, Betances Comes Full Circle With Yankees

Friday, May 16, 2014

From Washington Heights To Flushing, Betances Comes Full Circle With Yankees

I have always admired teams that can scout and sign players who are truly home-grown. The Atlanta Braves are famous for doing this. Think Atlanta-born Jeff Francoer and, more recently, Athens-born Brian McCann.

The Yankees have had much less success signing players from in and around New York City. There are a few, however. Two that come to mind are Lou Gehrig and Whitey Ford.  One of the more recent ones, of course, is  Dellin Betances.

Betances, in case you didn't know, was born in the Washington Heights section of New York City. He grew up (in Brooklyn) watching the Subway Series, and was even in the Yankee Stadium bleachers when David Wells pitched his perfect game in 1998.

After being drafted by the Yankees in 2006, the 6'8" Betances traveled a rocky road through the minors, which included both elbow surgery and a demotion from triple A to double A. After a few cups of coffee with the big club, he made the team this season out of spring training.

With his appearance last night against the Mets, Betances came full circle. His six consecutive strikeouts were a career high and, if there were any remaining doubts about whether he belongs in the Major Leagues, they just might have disappeared last night.

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