It seems like Dellin Betances has been in the New York Yankee's system forever.
And for Betances, who was considered a top minor league pitcher, it has been. He is considered one of the true No. 1 type pitchers in the Yankee system.
Drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 draft, Betances was stolen by the Yankees from a full ride to Vanderbilt University with a $1 million signing bonus.
Betances was part of that great Yankee pitching draft which procured Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Mark Melancon and David Robertson (who have made the major leagues) plus Betances, Zach McAllister (AAA), George Kontos (AAA DL), who are also considered top guys.
Betances has been up and down during his minor league career, throwing well in his first full season in Low A Charleston in 2008. But He struggled in High A Tampa in 2009 until elbow problems forced his shutdown for the season.
He was also shutdown in 2007 while in short season Staten Island.
The latest speed bump caused elbow surgery and he missed quite a bit of time.
His start tonight, however, appears promising. Betances went six full innings, allowing three hits, a single earner run while striking out six. He did not allow a walk, improving upon one of Betances' big issues in his short pro career.
While this outing does not signify he is all the way back, it does show that Betances is healthy.
And that is the best part of the night for the Yankees.