New York Yankees: Dellin Betances

Yankees make some roster moves

March, 24, 2012
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The Yankees have optioned top prospect Dellin Betances to Triple-A Scranton, general manager Brian Cashman revealed on Saturday.

The 24-year-old right-hander has been impressive this spring, pitching eight scoreless innings in five appearances, giving up just five hits, with seven strikeouts and five walks.

Betances made 21 starts at Double-A Trenton last season, and four at Scranton.

The Yankees also re-assigned lefties Mike O'Connor and Juan Cedeno to minor league camp.

3 Stars: Swisher, Betances & Murphy

March, 12, 2012
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In 3 Stars, we will highlight standout performances.

Nick Swisher had a triple in the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Astros. Swisher is 5-for-17 (.294) this spring. Of his five hits, he has three doubles, a triple and a single.

Dellin Betances earned high praise from Joe Girardi for his two scoreless innings of one-hit, two strikeout ball. "I've seen a lot growth from his first outing to this one," Girardi said.

J.R. Murphy, who is another Yankees catching prospect with potential, had an RBI single in the ninth.

Buzz: Roommats Betances & Banuelos

March, 6, 2012
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A recurring feature of the blog, Buzz, will follow Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, as well as other top Yankee prospects, all season.

The future of the Yankees not only share high expectations, they shared a room. Last year, at Double-A Trenton, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos lived in a large two-room, $2,200 per month apartment with teammates, Melky Mesa and Jose Pirela.

Betances and Banuelos would stay in one room, while Mesa and Pirela had the other.

"On the road, Manny was my roommate, too," Betances said.

Betances, 23, would wake up at about 10 a.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Often, he and Banuelos would have lunch.

"I've known him for a long time," Banuelos said. "This is the third year play together. He is a nice person. He is a nice buddy."

Having grown up in the city, Betances, who turns 24, takes a leadership role with a lot of the Spanish-speaking players, helping them understand their leases and other tasks that are made more difficult being in a foreign land.

"I try to help the Latin and Spanish guys because a lot of times they don't know how to fill out the application [for the lease,]" Betances said. "That is why a lot of times I stay with them."

Yankees' kids are all right

March, 3, 2012
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That would be David Phelps, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, all of whom were mentioned by Hal Steinbrenner the other day as key components in his master plan to slash the Yankees' payroll by 10 percent, to $189 million, by 2014 to avoid going over the luxury tax threshold.

All three pitched acceptably in the Yankees' 8-5 win over the Phillies on Saturday, combining for five innings of two-hit, no-run ball, but to rank them in order of effectiveness it would have to be Phelps, the least-heralded of the three, who performed the best; Betances, the 6-7 fireballer from Brooklyn who had the most difficulty, and Banuelos, the most highly-touted of all, somewhere in the middle.

Kim Klement/US PresswireIvan Nova worked the first two innings Saturday before handing off to young guns David Phelps, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.
All three were aware of what Steinbrenner had to say; he basically threw down the gauntlet to his young pitchers, and Ivan Nova, to improve their games to the point where the Yankees could promote them to the big leagues rather than pay the kind of salaries that free agent starters will command.

And all three had heard Joe Girardi, in his introductory message to the team last week, single out pitching as one area of the team in which kids who start the season in the minors had a realistic chance to make it to the Bronx sometime this season.

"I said, 'Look, we used 28 pitchers last year and I guarantee that all 28 were not on the 40-man roster when the year started,'' Girardi said. "'So if you’re thinking we’re not going to call you up because you’re not on the 40-man, think again. Everyone in this room has an opportunity to pitch for us this year or you wouldn’t be here.' And I think it’s important for them to know that.''

After Nova worked the first two innings, allowing two runs (one earned after an error by Eduardo Nunez) on a HR by Hunter Pence, the procession of kid pitchers began.

Phelps, a 25-year-old righty who went 6-6 for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate last year, showed the best command, walking no one, striking out one and allowing a single in his two innings. Banuelos fell behind to several batters, walked two and struck out none in his two innings. and Betances, who had trouble throwing the ball over the plate during his September call-up last year, had difficulty repeating his delivery with his 6-7, 240-pound body, walking the first two batters he faced and sailing one pitch clear over the heads of both his catcher, Gary Sanchez, and the home plate umpire. But he escaped trouble with a double play and a pop out and wound up pitching a scoreless inning.

"Phelps is a much different guy than what we saw last year,'' Girardi said. "Much more relaxed, much better command. Banuelos was a little around the zone, and the same thing with Betances. The one thing you can't do when you're out there is think about your mechanics. You've got think about making your pitch.''

The last two innings showcased two lefties who are battling for the final spot in the bullpen. Cesar Cabral allowed two hits in the eighth but escaped damage. Mike O'Connor had all kinds of trouble, surrendering a two-run HR to Kevin Frandsen and another run when Tyson Gillies doubled to make it close, but finally ended the inning and the game with a strikeout.

"There's opportunity here for these kids,'' Girardi said. "They just have to step up and take it.''

25Q/25D: When will the Killer B's arrive?

January, 29, 2012
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25 Questions, 25 Days: Day Five

The Killer B's, lefthander Manny Banuelos and righty Dellin Betances, are those dream prospects tucked away in the minors like Christmas presents that fans can’t wait to unwrap. One day it will really be Dec. 25, so when does the future become the present?

“They just have to refine their command,” Yankees VP of Player Development Mark Newman said. “Just learn how to pitch.”

They will both start at Triple-A in 2012, but Banuelos, 20, is probably closer to the big leagues than the 23-year-old Betances. Last year, Banuelos’ combo numbers from Double-A and Triple-A were 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA. The number that must improve is his walks. He walked 71 in 129 2/3 innings, which is nearly five per every nine innings.

Baneulos, like many young pitchers, must improve his precision. Even his fastball, which often develops before the secondary stuff, needs to be located more consistently. Still, he was the highlight of last spring with none other than Mariano Rivera declaring him the best pitching prospect he has ever seen in Yankee camp.

Even though Betances was on the major league club in late September, he is still behind Banuelos. His overall numbers last year were 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA. Like Banuelos, he also nearly walked five batters for every nine innings. At 6-foot-8, he is a classic guy that scouts love a lot because of his potential, but wonder if he can coordinate those large body parts fluidly enough to be consistent.

It would seem that the additions of Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda would have give Banuelos and Betances more time to develop. A member of the organization said that they would not have rushed Banuelos or Betances even without Pineda and Kuroda. He pointed to David Phelps and Adam Warren, legit depth guys who could step in if there is poor performance or injury at the major league level.

(Plus, if the Yankees hadn’t made the Jesus Montero deal, they would still have Hector Noesi). So Banuelos and Betances will arrive in the majors at their own pace.

The earliest, I believe, we could see them with the big club is June. For that to happen, they will have to dominate at Triple-A and outperform Phelps and Warren. Plus, there will have to be a need because of lack of performance or injury among the major league starters.

How else could we see them? The Yankees considered Banuelos as a lefty reliever last year. There were some in the organization, including Stick Michael, who thought he would come quicker. The thought was he could be the lefty specialist. It stands to reason that could be in play this year if Banuelos is up to it and there is a need.

Betances could also be a candidate for a relief role, in theory, but he has limited experience in that area and there is quite the logjam in front of him.

If neither arrives in 2012, a year from now, Banuelos and Betances -- if they aren't traded -- should be legit candidates to compete for the starting rotation. For this to happen, they have to control their pitches and dominate Triple-A.

Here is the question: Do you want to see the Yankees bring these guys up in relief like they did with Joba?

Tomorrow: Will the real Phil Hughes please stand up?
The Yankees have been mentioned as prominent players in the scramble to obtain Matt Garza from the Cubs, who have made it clear they are open for business on the 28-year-old righthander.

But the word out of Yankeeville-- also known this winter as The Land of No -- is that the asking price is out of the question. The problem is not money this time, at least not immediately -- Garza will make about $8 million this year and is not eligible for free agency for two more season -- but prospects; like everyone else in baseball, the Cubs are demanding at least two, and possibly all three, of the Yankees Holy Trinity of Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.

If the Yankees wouldn't part with Eduardo Nunez for Cliff Lee, you can bet they're not parting with even two of those three for Matt Garza.

How the Yanks could trade for King Felix

December, 15, 2011
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First thing, they need Jim Bowden to leave his burgeoning career as an on-air personality on ESPN and Sirius-XM. Then, they need him to be hired by the Seattle Mariners to run their team.

In the meantime, Bowden has an Insider column where he says the Yankees and Mariners should make a deal. This is what he says:

Yankees acquire: RHP Felix Hernandez
Mariners acquire: RHP Ivan Nova, C Jesus Montero, RHP Dellin Betances

Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says he's not going to trade Hernandez, but if the Mariners eventually want to become legitimate contenders they might have to. A blockbuster four-player deal with the Yankees would point the Mariners in the right direction.

Nova and Betances would go fit into a young rotation of
Michael Pineda, Danny Hultzen and Jason Vargas -- a formidable five that should develop into a quintet of 15-game winners. Montero would give them a long-term, middle-of-the-order bat they would control for the next six years. And with the money saved on Hernandez, they could put that toward signing Prince Fielder.

The Yankees, on the other hand, would have one of the best 1-2 punches at the top of the rotation in C.C. Sabathia and Hernandez, and instantly improve their chances of getting back to the World Series.


One problem with this happening is that Zduriencik told me during the Winter Meetings that he isn't trading King Felix. Still, what do you think of Bowden's proposal?

Trade Rumors: Gio, Betances, oh my

December, 7, 2011
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The Yankees like Gio Gonzalez, but they don't like him this much. Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances and super prospect Mason Williams, whom we highlighted on Tuesday, are reportedly what the A's are asking for.

This sort of makes this comment from Tuesday a little clearer.

"There are things I could do, you would write you shouldn't," Cashman said. "If I gave you the information right now in front of me, you would write, in my opinion, the Yankees should not do this. Would those pieces help us significantly? Yes, they would."

Gonzalez wold help significantly, but there is no way Cashman will build a deal around their top three prospects. So how do I think a deal could get done?

If Betances was the main cog in a a trade and there was no Banuelos or Montero in the deal, they could be in business.

Of course, I can't see why the A's would want to build a trade just around Betances. Gonzalez is arbitration eligible after next season, but he only made $420,00 this year. He is only 26 years old so you have to figure that Beane is going to have to receive a huge haul considering Gonzalez can't become a free agent until 2016.
When asked if Manny Banueolos or Dellin Betances would start at Triple-A this year, Yankees GM Brian Cashman left the door open.

"Probably," Cashman said. "But you never know."

You do never know, but the bet here is that Banueolos has to locate his fastball better and Betances needs to control his mechanics and dominate Triple-A before you will see them as a regular part of the rotation.

Banuelos, 20, combined to go 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA last year at Double-A and Tirple-A. In 129 2/3 innings, he struck out 125 and walked 71. That is almost five walks per nine innings, which is too many. He needs to get that down. But the youngster Mariano Rivera told me was the best pitching prospect he has ever seen, will again be the center of attention during the spring. Still, it seems like he won't be in the majors until mid-season, at the earliest, and a lot of things would have to happen to make that come true.

Betances got a taste of the majors at the end of the season, but I think he may be further from returning than Banuelos. Betances was part of the 40-man, while Banuelos wasn't. The Yankees don't have to protect Banueolos in the Rule-V draft because he was not called up for active duty, which will allow them to save a player. Betances, as part of the 40-man, had no roster implications.

In six innings 2 2/3 major league innings, Betances had six walks. He needs to be able to control his 6-foot-8 frame before he can be a regular member of the Yankees staff. He is just 23 so he has time, but he needs to show he can handle Triple-A before he is realistic option for the big club.

In Double-A and Triple-A combined, he was 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA. He struck out 142 in 126 1/3 innings. He also walked too many batters. He had 70 walks overall, which is five for every nine innings.

So they both need to be able to throw strikes before they will be trusted in the Bronx with a prominent role. Even Cashman admits it "probably" won't be at the beginning of the season. In my opinion, it won't be until mid-year, at best, and maybe not at all next season.

Yankees Briefing 11/5/11

November, 5, 2011
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With their biggest offseason hurdles out of the way – the re-signings of Brian Cashman and CC Sabathia -- the Yankees can now focus on some of the other needs for their team, most importantly help for the starting rotation.

Discussion of the Day: Since it’s now just past two years to the day that the Yankees won the World Series, what is your favorite memory of the 2009 season?

Behind Enemy Lines: Jackie MacMullen chronicles Ben Cherington's rise to GM of the Red Sox. The Yankees haven't had a new GM in over a decade, and Cherington will face unique challenges with the Boston team.

1) Wallace Matthews writes that Brian Cashman doesn’t have a clear vision for the Yankees.

The Yankees’ GM is returning to the Yankees for three more years, but the current offseason posits a quandary in that the best free agents available don’t suit the Yankees’ current needs and that the team’s most highly touted prospects outside of Jesus Montero might not yet be ready to take on a full season at the major league level. Still, the Yankees have already re-signed CC Sabathia, which was arguably their biggest offseason task, and Cashman’s ultimate goal for the Yankees – to win the World Series – remains.

2) Ian O’Connor praises Sabathia’s new deal with the Yankees.

In three years as a Yankee, Sabathia has averaged just under 20 wins a season, with an ERA that’s gotten better each year as a Yankee, and about 200 strikeouts a year. Further, Sabathia has remained health, even despite concerns about his weight. Sabathia has been worth every penny for the Yankees; had he reached free agency he would have easily become the most-sought after free agent pitcher on the market. The Yankees got to retain their ace, for less of a price than he would have commanded on the free agent market, and while rotation concerns remain, they need not be as serious as they might otherwise have been.

3) Eric Schultz at The Yankee Analysts takes a look at the Yankees in-house pitching depth.

Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are the biggest names, as concern pitchers, in the Yankees’ system, but Hector Noesi, Adam Warren and David Phelps could all make significant inroads in 2012. The biggest issue with depth is that it only lasts as long as one doesn’t need to use it, and if Warren or Phelps or Noesi struggle at the major league level, the Yankees will need to have a fall-back plan. Banuelos and Betances might offer the highest ceilings, but the Yankees will not push their star prospects too far too fast. It’s more than likely at least one of the pitchers will be involved in a trade, though for who remains yet to be known.


4) The writers at River Ave Blues took a look at what went right, what went wrong and what went as expected for the 2011 season.

While it’s easy to say that Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia had better-than-expected seasons for the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez did not, the review of the team as a whole is a reminder that in any baseball season, nothing will go entirely to plan, and that despite the problems the Yankees had, they still had enough go right to make the playoffs and take the Tigers to a fifth game in the ALDS.

Yankees Daily Briefing 10/08/11

October, 8, 2011
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After losing the fifth game of the ALDS, Yankees fans will have to wait a few months to see the next non-exhibition Yankees game. In the mean time, the MLB postseason continues with the Brewers and Cardinals in the NLCS and Tigers and Rangers in the ALCS. Niether the Rangers nor the Brewers have ever won a World Series, and the last time the Tigers did so -- in the 1980s -- many current major leaguers hadn't even been born.

Discussion of the Day: What do you think are the Yankees' biggest needs to address in the offseason? Share your thoughts in the comments.

1) Wallace Matthews writes that Joe Girardi should not be blamed for the Yankees' postseason failure.

Although Girardi may have made a couple of questionable moves (such as pinch-hitting Eric Chavez for Brett Gardner), the Yankees' failure in the postseason should fall mostly on the offense. By and large the starting pitching did their job -- Freddy Garcia and CC Sabathia did not pitch poorly, just not as well as Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. It could be argued that a team that scored 867 runs in the regular season shouldn't have such a problem in the postseason, but the Tigers, whom many believed matched up evenly with the Yankees, had the added edge of the 2011 Justin Verlander on their pitching staff.

2) Katie Sharp takes stock of statistical oddities and notable occurrences in the season's final Yankeemetrics column. Of note: Robinson Cano becoming the fourth Yankees second baseman to hit a grand slam in the playoffs, Ivan Nova's Game One relief appearance, becoming the fifth Yankee to win his postseason debut in his team's first postseason game, and Jorge Posada's impressive series, become just the second player over 40 (behind Joe Morgan) to hit a triple in the postseason.

3) Life Magazine has a slideshow of previously unreleased photos of Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Larsen was an unlikely candidate to pitch a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game, perhaps something that illustrates how flukey baseball, especially the postseason can be. Still, it's an event rightfully included on most highlight reels of the Yankees' postseason accomplishments, and a feat no one has duplicated -- only Roy Halladay, who threw a no-hitter in the first game of last season's Phillies-Reds NLDS, has come close.

4) Marc Carig writes that Brian Cashman is unlikely to make major changes to the Yankees in the offseason.

Indeed, outside of CC Sabathia and possibly C.J. Wilson the free agent class is less than stellar for pitching (and one can argue that the rotation is the Yankees' biggest area of concern), and of the biggest name free agent hitters, the Yankees don't have room for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols. The Yankees will make moves, of course, either with signings off the scrap heap as in 2011 or trades, but the Yankees' biggest solutions may very well come from within -- Jesus Montero should be with the Yankees from the start of the season next year, and Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos may not be too far off.

Yankees Daily Briefing 10/02/11

October, 2, 2011
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After taking the first game of the ALDS behind Ivan Nova's stellar technically-a-relief-appearance, the Yankees will attempt to push the Tigers to the brink on Sunday afternoon. Detroit will have Max Scherzer on the mound, as they will try to even the series and neutralize home field advantage.

Discussion of the Day: What do you think is the most impressive postseason performance from a rookie Yankee pitcher? Andy Pettitte? Ivan Nova? Someone else come to mind?

Behind Enemy Lines: Vincent C. Mercogliano writes that the future looks bright for Scherzer.

1) Wallace Matthews and John Harper reflect on the likelihood of A.J. Burnett starting a postseason game for the Yankees (Matthews; Harper).

Burnett, of course, had anything but a solid season for the Yankees, but the other options for a fourth starter are not without their own drawbacks. Phil Hughes missed part of September with back spasms, and Bartolo Colon was noticeably less effective in the second half, likely a result of fatigue from pitching more innings than he has since 2005. In the best case scenario, the Yankees sweep the Tigers and the fourth starter is a moot point (at least, until the ALCS), but as long as Joe Girardi has a quick hook with Burnett, the Yankees should be in decent shape.

2) Rob Parker writes that the Yankees are making the right decision sending Garcia to pitch in Game 2 of the ALDS, and not CC Sabathia on short rest.

The decision might be more debatable had the Yankees lost Game 1, but ahead in the series there seems to be no reason not to give Sabathia an extra day of rest. Garcia's season numbers might not pop, but he's certainly been effective for the Yankees this season, posting an ERA and WHIP favorably comparable to another former Yankee.

3) Brendan Prunty reflects on the discussion about whether to build a roof while constructing the new Yankee Stadium.

New York weather in April and late October can be unpleasant, rainy and cold (and snow is not out of the picture, either). Still, the Yankees have played in the Bronx since the 1920s, and they've done for so long without a roof that unless there's more to climate change than anyone realizes, it would seem perhaps an over-indulgence for a roof in New York. More importantly, however, is the cost -- even without a roof, building a stadium isn't exactly cheap, and adding a roof would have been an unnecessary addition. Weather at the start of the season and towards the end of the playoffs, and being able to play in the cold weather can be turned into an advantage -- as the Angels might recall.

4) Tim Bontemps writes that it was a mixed bag for Yankees' prospects in the minors this season.

The Yankees' farm system didn't necessarily have a bad season; Hector Noesi, Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Austin Romine and others all made their major league debuts with the team that had drafted and/or signed them, and some prospects, such as Mason Williams, did have big years. Compared to the resounding success of last season, however, 2011 for the Yankees' system looks far more ordinary. Andrew Brackman took a step back, while J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez had their seasons hampered by injuries. Even so, the Yankees system still remains in better shape than it was in the middle of last decade, and there's every reason to believe it will continue to produce.

Yankees pen taming Rays

September, 28, 2011
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Through five innings, four Yankees pitchers have held the Tampa Bay Rays to just one infield hit -- a Casey Kotchman liner that glanced off starter Dellin Betances buttocks -- four walks and a hit batter, and have allowed just one runner to reach third base. Betances, who went two scoreless innings in his first major-league start, was followed by George Kontos (2/3IP, 1BB), Aaron Laffey (1-1/3, 1K) and currently, Phil Hughes (1IP, 1BB so far) in stifling the Rays. Meanwhile, the Yankees have rolled up a 7-0 lead on three HRs, two by Mark Teixeira (including a grand slam) and a solo shot by Andruw Jones.

Game 162: Yankees at Rays

September, 28, 2011
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Joe Girardi had said he would respect the integrity of the playoff process and send his regular lineup out against Rays ace David Price.

Girardi kept his word.

Left fielder Brett Gardner is the only regular who gets the night off; Andruw Jones will take his place.

Also worth noting:
" Rookie Dellin Betances will start on the mound;
" Alex Rodriguez origninally slated to bat fifth, with Robinson Cano batting cleanup, was a late scratch with a sore right knee.
" Rookie Jesus Montero, primarily a DH since his Sept. 1 callup, will be the catcher.

In case you've forgotten: If the Rays win tonight and the Red Sox lose to the Orioles, Tampa's in, Boston's out. If the Red Sox win and Tampa loses, it's the opposite. And if both either win or lose, there will be a one-game playoff Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

" Detek Jeter SS
" Curtis Granderson CF
" Mark Teixeira 1B
" Robinson Cano DH
" Nick Swisher RF
" Andruw Jones LF
" Jesus Montero C
" Eduardo Nuñez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B

Betances gets the ball

September, 28, 2011
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In a surrising development, Joe Girardi has decided to give the ball to rookie Dellin Betances for tonight's season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, a game that could well decide the AL wild card winner.

Last week, Girardi specifically said Betances would not be the starter for the final game of the season, but apparently changed his mind over the past few days as his team prepares to host the ALDS against either the Detroit Tigers or Texas Rangers Friday night.

Betances spent most of the season with the AA Trenton Thunder, going 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA; after being promoted to AAA Scranton in August, he went 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA. In his only appearance with the Yankees, Betances walked four batters and hit one in 2/3 of an inning against the Rays on Sept. 22, allowing two earned runs without giving up a hit.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .282
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 62
OPSB. Gardner .768
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135