Betances had an ugly April, but looked like he was making some progress in May. He had an ERA of 3.86 over six games and was allowing only a .220 batting average from opposing hitters. June, however, has made Betances’ April look nice. Over five games, Betances has a 9.00 ERA and is getting smacked around for a .284 average. On the season, he is giving up 8.32 walks per nine innings, just slightly under his 8.56 strikeouts per nine.
Consistency has long been the problem for the hard throwing, big righty. He has plenty of potential, but allowing free passes has dogged him throughout the upper levels of the minors. It is widely assumed that Betances destiny is as a reliever, yet the Yankees have yet to move him out of the starting rotation (perhaps trying to use him as trade bait?). While I am sure that Betances is disappointed to be heading back to Trenton, it may be for the best. He needs to prove himself and work on his consistency. It may be easier a little further away from the majors and playing for a team that has an actual home ballpark this season. Then again, maybe he will continue to be a source of prospect watching frustration.