As much as I’d love to revel in everyone’s wonderful comments in my last post and trust me…those mean a lot, there is some news to get to. And for the most part, it is good.
After initial speculation that his season was over, Dellin Betances was instead called up to the active Major League roster. Betances spent the majority of his season in Double-A Trenton, making 21 of his 25 starts there before being called up to Triple-A Scranton. Chad Jennings does a nice job of taking a look at Betances’ reaction to getting a shot in the big leagues.
Betances joined the Thunder late last season, and for all intents and purposes, spent an entire season with the Thunder. But in 2011, he went 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 105 1/3 innings of work while calling Waterfront Park home, walking 55 and striking out 115. His debut stint in Scranton didn’t go quite as well — he was 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA in four outings, but given that he had a spot on the 40-man roster, there was no risk in calling him up and giving him a taste of the big leagues.
George Kontos was also added to the 40-man roster, but at the expense of Lance Pendleton, who has since predictably been claimed by the Houston Astros. Pendleton was claimed in the Rule 5 draft by the Astros after the 2010 season, but was returned prior to this year. They liked him, and he’s from not far from there, so he liked them as well.
Adam Warren, Manny Banuelos and David Phelps have also joined the team in a non-roster capacity as part of the Yankees’ annual prospect development program.
There’s more good news to report when it comes to Thunder alumni, but it unfortunately comes at the expense of one of Trenton’s own.
After an injury to Russell Martin and lingering potential concussion symptoms for Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine was added to the 40-man roster and made his Major League debut today. However, Steve Garrison was designated for assignment by the Yankees. He had not been added to the big league roster when they expanded on September 1st.
Aside from four games at the end of this year in Triple-A Scranton, Romine had spent the entire past two seasons in Trenton. Although he endured an injury-riddle campaign in 2011, he was more consistent offensively, raising his average 18 points (.286 to .268) from 2010 to 2011, albeit in 119 fewer at-bats.
The 22-year-old played in exactly 200 games for Trenton, hitting 16 home runs and collecting 116 RBI and participated in consecutive Futures Game’s while a member of the Thunder.
As for Garrison, the soon-to-be 26-year-old lefty (his birthday is tomorrow) went through a diastrous 2011 season in which he missed a large chunk of the season due to injuries and was inconsistent when he was healthy. But he did have one big highlight, getting to make his big league debut against the Seattle Mariners earlier this year.
In 17 appearances for the Thunder this year, Garrison posted a 4-8 mark with a 5.95 ERA. The Yankees have ten days to decide what to do with the friendly southpaw, who first joined the organization at the end of last season.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com