Betances worthy of All-Star consideration

Betances worthy of All-Star consideration

NEW YORK -- When Dellin Betances trots out of the right-field bullpen this weekend, showcasing his high-90s fastball and gaudy strikeout numbers, he won't be thinking of it as an audition for the American League All-Star team.

But with Red Sox manager John Farrell watching from the visiting dugout at Yankee Stadium, it very well may be. A high octane arm like Betances' could come in handy if you're trying to win a Midsummer Classic, and the right-hander's performance so far this season has propelled him into consideration for a roster spot.

"I haven't thought too much about it," Betances said. "I'm trying to go out there and do my job. Obviously, it would be a privilege and an honor to participate in that, but you never know. It's hard for a middle-relief guy to get in there."

Not impossible, though -- for example, last year, Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar earned a spot by besting Yankees reliever David Robertson in the AL Final Vote.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he believes the team has players who can help win an All-Star Game, but it is too early for him to personally lobby Farrell about those names.

"Usually they wait a little bit longer to call and ask you if you have any thoughts on who you thought would be valuable to the teams," Girardi said. "It's still a little bit early, just because the fan voting is not done."

After hurling 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday, striking out two, Betances owned an eye-popping mark of 14.69 strikeouts per nine innings through his 33 appearances. That's the highest ratio of any pitcher in the Majors, and it could help state his case for inclusion on the AL pitching staff.

"People keep mentioning that, but I'm trying to focus more on helping the team," Betances said. "We've got a couple of weeks left until the break, so I'm trying to focus on that.

"Obviously, I would love to be in it, but that's not what I'm thinking about. Who wouldn't want to be, though? It's an honor for anybody to be in there, and it would be cool to be there for [Derek] Jeter's last year."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.