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Pitcher Dellin Betances was selected by the New York Yankees in the eighth round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Cesar Presbott and East Region crosschecker Brian Barber for $1 million, a record for 8th rounders.

Betances made his pro debut with the GCL Yankees in 2006 and reached the majors with the Yankees in 2011. He appeared twice with the Yankees that season, one of them a start, with no record and a 6.75 ERA.

Originally used as a starter, Dellin was moved to the bullpen in AAA in 2013 after struggling as a starter in 2012, when he went a combined 6-9, 6.44 between the AA Trenton Thunder and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. In 2013, he was 6-4, 2.68 with 5 saves, earning him a return to the Big Apple, where his ERA was 10.80 in 6 appearances.

The Yankees were not really sure what to expect from the inexperienced pitcher in 2014, but he turned out to be a very pleasant surprise as he took over as the team's main set-up man out of the bullpen, following the retirement of Mariano Rivera and David Robertson's promotion from set-up man to closer. He was outstanding during the first half, with a 4-0 record and a 1.61 ERA in his first 37 appearances. That earned him a spot at the 2014 All-Star Game when the teams were announced on July 6th. The next day, he earned his first career save, preserving a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians for Shane Greene, who recorded his first big league win that day. In September, he closed in on a team record when he recorded his 124th strikeout on September 5th, which moved him past Rich Gossage for the second-most by a reliever in Yankees history. Ahead of him was Rivera, who had set the club mark with 130 Ks in 1996. He ended up setting a new team record with 135 strikeouts in 90 innings, to go along with a 5-0 record, 1 save and an ERA of 1.40. He allowed only 46 hits and walked 24.

David Robertson left as a free agent after the 2014 season, and speculation immediately focused on Dellin to be the team's new closer and true successor to Mariano Rivera, Robertson having only performed the job for one season. However, manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman did not want to put too much pressure on the young pitcher and gave hints that Andrew Miller, signed as a free agent in the off-season, would share closing duties with Betances in 2015.

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