The New York Yankees have developed some very good pitchers in their minor league system.
Three who have earned special attention have been dubbed the “Killer B’s.”
They are Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos.
Andrew Brackman is 25 years old. He is 6’10” and weighs 230lbs. He played college baseball at North Carolina State.
Brackman has already had Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He is active now and pitching at the Yankees Triple A team, the Scranton Yankees.
Brackman has started four games for Scranton and has a 2-0 record. He has thrown 22 innings and given up 20 hits and 12 walks thus far this season.
Brackman has allowed 12 earned runs in his outings in Scranton and has a 4.91 ERA.
Dellin Betances is pitching at Double A Trenton. Betances is 21 years old and is truly a home grown prospect as he was born in New York.
Betances is a big young man, standing 6’8” and weighing in at 260.
Betances has been on the disabled list this year because of a blister on his pitching hand. For that reason he has started only two games and thrown just eight innings.
But in that short span he has been brilliant. He has given up just seven hits and four earned runs in his work.
He has struck out six and walked two. No one has hit a home run off Dellin this year. His ERA is 1.13. Betances just came off the DL yesterday.
He started against New Hampshire and threw three innings and faced 13 hitters. He struck out five and gave up no runs. The Fisher Cats managed two hits against Dellin.
The third Killer B is perhaps the most intriguing to Yankee fans.
Manny Banuelos turned 20 during Spring Training this year. He is a teammate of Betances at Trenton. Manny has started three games and has an ERA of just 1.42.
In his three starts, Banuelos has thrown 12.2 innings, has given up 11 hits and just two earned runs. He has struck out ten and walked five in his work this year.
Just like Betances, Manny has had limited work because he developed a blister on his pitching hand and spent some time on the seven day DL.
Banuelos is 5’11” and weighs just 155, but he has an impressive fastball.
And his work in Spring Training indicated that he is calm and not prone to feel pressure pitching for the Yankees.
Of course, he has never pitched with 45,000 fans in Yankee Stadium. But Yankee fans hope it won’t be long before he does just that.