A baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball, Dellin Betances has played for the New York Yankees in his home state of New York since his professional career began with the 2011 MLB Draft.
The New York-born athlete has done enough to earn himself a place in the MLB All-Star lineup, an honour he received four times in a row from 2014 to 2017.
Dellin Betances biography and career
Dellin was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan on March 23, 1988. As a kid, he supported New York Yankees. He and his family went to many of their games, and this was instrumental in his decision to choose baseball over basketball.
Betances got his high school education from Progress High School in Brooklyn. In his freshman year, he was revered for his fearsome fastballs. By his junior year, he could throw the ball at 90 miles per hour. In the same year, the tall kid from Manhattan became the first New York City player ever to receive the Aflac All-American honour. He was ranked the tenth best high school prospect in 2006.
Dellin Betances nearly missed an opportunity to go pro in the 2006 NBA Draft due to his earlier commitment to play for Vanderbilt University’s Commodores. However, the New York Yankees selected him in the draft’s eight round and persuaded him to ditch Vanderbilt by giving him a $1 million sign-on bonus.
Starting from 2007, he played for the Staten Island Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs, Tampa Yankees, Trenton Thunders and other teams rated Class-A and above.
On September 8, 2008, Dellin was promoted to the majors and he made his debut for the Yankees on September 22, 2008. However, he would only make two appearances that season. He spent the next two campaigns with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was recalled on August 11 and optioned back to Scranton four days later. He only returned to the Yankees in September due to the League’s expanded roster.
The 2014 season proved to be Dillen Betances’s break out year. He made the season Opening Day roster and ended the campaign as the first rookie pitcher since Spec Shea in 1947 to be named to the All-Star Game lineup. The end of 2014 also saw him usurp Mariano Rivera to become the relief pitcher in Yankees history with the highest number of strikeouts. He was edged out by Matt Shoemaker and Jose Abreu to the American League Rookie of the Year award.
In 2015, he became the first-ever Yankees reliever to achieve 100 strikeouts in consecutive seasons. and he did it in fewer innings than his 2014 record. He was also named to the All-Star Game lineup for the second season in a row.
Starting in the 2016 season, Dellin formed a terrific triumvirate with Aroldis Chapman and Miller to strike terror in the heart of opposing hitters. They were affectionately referred to by Yankee fans as “No Runs-D.M.C”. Again, he would end the campaign on the All-Star Game lineup, after striking out over 100 batters in 73 appearances.
In May 2017, Dillen Betances became the closer for the Yankees following the unavailability of Chapman and Miller, who were later traded. On August 2, 2017, he hit an immaculate inning, the sixth-ever in the history of the Yankees. Despite being ejected on August 24, 2017, for hitting James McCann with a pitch, the Yankees ace still made it to the All-Star Game lineup for his fourth consecutive season.
Dellin Betances parents, siblings, and wife
Dellin was born to Jaime and Maria Betances, two immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Jaime was a boxer while also working in a car service company as a driver. Dellin has two older brothers and a younger sister. Dellin’s love for his parents is evident in the fact that he used his signing bonus from the Yankees to purchase a house located in Teaneck, New Jersey for them.
Betances met his wife Janisa in December 2007. They were just nineteen at the time. According to Janisa, sparks flew on their first meeting as they immediately warmed up to each other. Dellin asked for her number at the end of the night but she declined. They met up again a few days later through mutual friends where Janisa finally agreed to go on a real date with him.
Starting January 2008, the couple dated for just shy of six years, before Dellin proposed to her on Christmas day in 2013. In November 2014, the two were married at the Montclair Country Club. They later had a sacrament of marriage ceremony at their Church.
Dellin Betances’s salary and net worth
The pitcher has been earning good money for his time at the Yankees and with him being a permanent fixture in the All-Star Games, this is not surprising. In 2017, he received a salary of $3 million and in 2018, his annual takehome was upped to $5.1 million.
According to various sources, his net worth is $3 million, however, that value is very likely to soar in no time.
What is Dellin Betances’ height and weight?
By the time he was in his first year of high school, Dellin was already reported to stand at an intimidating height of 6 feet 4 inches. In his senior year, he was reported to have grown up to 6 feet 9 inches. However, in the Yankees roster in 2014, the pitcher was reported to have a height of 6 feet and 8 inches (2.03 m). Dellin’s body weight is reported to be 118 kg (260 lbs).