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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Confirmed: Betances heading back to Trenton, Claiborne promoted and Miller released.

Two sources told The Trentonian on Wednesday that Dellin Betances, one of the organization’s more heralded prospects, has been sent back to Trenton from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is active. 

Betances, Baseball America’s third-ranked prospect in the organization, has fallen almost completely off the tracks this season. He’s walked 69 hitters in 74 2/3 innings and has gotten touched for a 3-5 record and a 6.39 ERA in 16 starts. 
Seen across the scouting world as a reliever, the Yankees have yet to ask him to work out of the bullpen.

The demotion is a far fall for Betances, who looked like a new pitcher after ligament reinforcement surgery on his right elbow after the 2009 season. He outdueled current Toronto Blue Jay Kyle Drabek in Game 1 of Trenton’s eventual sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Game 1 of the 2010 Eastern League Division Series and earned the promotion to Triple-A in August of last year. 

He made his major league debut on Sept. 22 of last year, when he walked four hitters in 2/3 of an inning in New York’s loss to Tampa Bay. 

In other Thunder news, reliever Preston Claiborne has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton. He was 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA with Trenton and hadn’t allowed an earned run since May 22, a span of 15 appearances.

The Thunder also announced yesterday that right-hander Adam Miller has been released from the organization entirely. Righty reliever Mike Dubee, son of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, was released earlier this week.


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