New York Sports: Ranking the Top 25 Athletes of 2014

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Sep 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

7.) Dellin Betances

2014 was a fantastic rookie season for the Yankees’ young right-hander Dellin Betances who became the Yankees’ eighth inning man to setup Robertson. Betances wasted little time becoming a fan-favorite with his ability to strikeout batters.

Betances finished the 2014 season going 5-0, with an ERA of 1.40, 135 strikeouts, and 22 holds. His great season earned him a spot on the All-Star team, which is an incredible feat for a rookie, and for a setup man.

2015 will be a challenging year for Betances, as with Robertson leaving for the White Sox, it will likely be Betances getting the first crack at being the Yankees’ new closer.

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