In order t0 protect them from the Rule V Draft, the Yankees protected three prospects - SP Dellin Betances, RP Ryan Pope, and 3B/OF Brandon Laird to the 40 man roster.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Dellin Betances, 22, had a breakout season as he recovered from ligament enhancement surgery. With Single-A Tampa, in 71 innings he recovered 88 strikeouts while walking only 19, and allowing only 43 hits. This was followed by a late season promotion where he recorded 20 strikeouts in Double-A over 14.1 innings.
Ryan Pope, 24, moved to the bullpen during the 2010 and had solid success, with encouraging peripherals. Despite a mediocre 4.20 ERA, he recorded 85 strikeouts over 95.1 innings. Expect him to begin the season in Scranton.
Brandon Laird, 23, had a breakout season of his own. In only 409 at-bats, he crushed 23 homers along with a .291 batting average and .351 OBP in Double-A Trenton. He struggled during his month-plus in Scranton (.621 OPS), but there is a lot to like here. He will be moving to the outfield from third base the upcoming season.
Posted by Steve S at 11:43 PM