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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Top 10 Players for 2011 -- No. 2

Every Wednesday, Minor Matters will unveil its top 10 Thunder players to watch next season. Considering that the Tampa Yankees took home the Florida State League crown in 2010, there's no reason to believe that the upcoming season will have a shortage of talent around the diamond.

No. 2 - Dellin Betances

An eighth-rounder whom the Yankees rewarded with a $1 million signing bonus way back in 2006, Betances is an imposing specimen. He stands 6-foot-8 and 245 pounds, and comes equipped with high-octane gas and plus secondary stuff. He finished recovering from ligament reinforcement surgery in the middle of 2010.

2010 season:
Better than anyone could have expected. Once he got back from his surgery, in early June, Betances quickly made up for lost time. After allowing a run in his opening start, he allowed just one more over his next 30 frames. By the time he left Tampa for Trenton, he had gone 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 71 innings.

He fanned 20 against three walks over three starts with Trenton, but he wasn't terribly efficient while doing so. He lasted more than five innings just once, but that was partly due to a stringent pitch count.

The only really troubling part of Betances' game is his inability to hold runners or field his position. I cannot stress enough how truly gruesome his pickoff throws are, despite being charged with just three errors all year.

What's Next: More than likely he'll open the year back with the Thunder. Depending on how he performs and how the rest of the system advances, he has a real shot of reaching the majors by the end of 2011.

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