As a Major League Baseball pitcher, Dellin Betances has been playing for the New York Yankees since the beginning of his professional career with the 2011 MLB Draft in his home state of New York.
The New York-born athlete has done enough to secure a place in the MLB All-Star line-up, an honor he has earned four times in a row from 2014 to 2017.
Dellin Betances biography and career
Dellin was born on 23 March 1988 in Washington Heights, Manhattan. As a child, he supported the New York Yankees. He and his family attended many of their games, and this was instrumental in his decision to prefer baseball to basketball.
Betances received his high school education at Progress High School in Brooklyn. In his freshman year, he was revered for his terrifying fastball games. In his junior year, he could throw the ball at 90 miles an hour. That same year, the big boy from Manhattan became the first New York City player ever to receive the Aflac All-American award. In 2006, he was ranked the tenth best high school prospect.
Dellin Betances almost missed an opportunity to go pro in the 2006 NBA Draft because he had previously signed up to play for Vanderbilt University’s Commodores. However, the New York Yankees picked him in the eighth round of the draft and persuaded him to leave Vanderbilt by granting him a $1 million signup bonus.
Beginning in 2007, he played for the Staten Island Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs, the Tampa Yankees, the Trenton Thunders, and other teams that were ranked in Grade A and above.
On September 8, 2008, Dellin moved up to the Major League, and on September 22, 2008, he made his Yankee debut. However, he would only make two appearances this season. He spent the next two seasons with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. On August 11th he was called back and four days later he was ordered back to Scranton. He did not return to the Yankees until September due to the expanded squad of the league.
The 2014 season proved to be the year in which Dillen Betances made his breakthrough. He made it into the season-opening list and finished the campaign as the first newcomer pitcher since Spec Shea 1947 to be called into the All-Star Game line-up. He also usurped Mariano Rivera in late 2014 and became the relief pitcher in the history of the Yankees with the highest number of strikeouts. Matt Shoemaker and Jose Abreu replaced him in the American League Rookie of the Year awards.
In 2015, he became the first Yankee relief ever to score 100 consecutive strikeouts in fewer innings than his 2014 record and was named to the All-Star Game lineup for the second year in a row.
From the 2016 season onwards, Dellin formed a magnificent triumvirate with Aroldis Chapman and Miller, which left the opposing players in awe. They were affectionately referred to by Yankee fans as “No Runs D.M.C.”. Again, he ended the campaign in the All-Star Game line-up after beating over 100 batters in 73 missions.
In May 2017, Dillen Betances became a closer for the Yankees after Chapman and Miller, who were later traded in, became unavailable. On August 2, 2017, he hit a flawless inning, the sixth in Yankee history. Although the Yankees’ ace was sent off on August 24, 2017, for scoring a pitch against James McCann, the Yankees team still made it into the All-Star Game line-up for their fourth consecutive season.
Dellin Betances parents, siblings, and wife
Dellin was born the son of Jaime and Maria Betances, two immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Jaime was a boxer and worked as a driver in a car service company at the same time. Dellin has two older brothers and a younger sister. Dellin’s love for his parents can be seen in the fact that he used his signature bonus from the Yankees to buy them a house in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Betances met his wife Janisa in December 2007. They were just nineteen years old at the time. According to Janisa, the sparks flew when they first met, when they immediately got used to each other. Dellin asked for her number at the end of the evening, but she declined. They met again a few days later through mutual friends, where Janisa finally agreed to have a real date with him.
From January 2008 the couple dated for almost six years before Dellin proposed to her on Christmas Day 2013. In November 2014, the couple got married at the Montclair Country Club. Later they had the sacrament of marriage in their church.
Dellin Betances’s salary and net worth
The pitcher has made good money for his time with the Yankees, and since he is a fixture at the All-Star Games, this is not surprising. In 2017 he received a salary of $3 million and in 2018 his annual salary was increased to $5.1 million.
According to various sources, his net worth is $3 million, but this figure is likely to skyrocket in the near future.
What is Dellin Betances’ height and weight?
When he was in his first year of high school, Dellin was already standing at an intimidating 6 foot 4 inches tall. By his senior year, he was reportedly taller than five feet and three inches. However, in the 2014 Yankee line-up, the pitcher was reported to be 6 feet (2.03 m) and 8 inches (2.03 m) tall. Dellin’s body weight is reported as 118 kg (260 lbs).