Most fans (and writers) do a lot of abstract talking about the younger players in an organization. Someone “has good stuff” or “has a nice look” or “can swing the bat.” Since most fans focus most of their attention on the big-league games, it’s not surprising that actual sightings of the players on the rise are rare.
That’s why spring training is great. Earlier today there was a stretch for the Yankees where one of the “Killer B’s,” Dellin Betances came on for the bottom of the fifth inning and struck out the side, blowing away Dominic Brown, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez (sandwiched around a walk to Carlos Ruiz).
“For the first time being out there?” Joe Girardi said afterward. “Pretty good. I’m sure there is some emotions and butterflies.”
Working with a familiar catcher in Jesus Montero helped with that, and asked about his outing afterward, Betances credited Montero for getting him through.
Montero, of course, may yet break camp with the Yankees and he came up in the top of the sixth and picked up his first RBI of the spring with a single to left. All in all, not a bad 10 minutes or so for a couple of the kids you always hear about but don’t always see.
* That’s an AP picture of Betances (on the right) … um, stretching?