Dellin Betances has a lot of tangible qualities that would indicate he has a good pitching future, such as a big league fastball and an imposing 6-foot, 8-inch frame.
But one of his more important attributes could ultimately get him to the Majors.
The Charleston RiverDogs right-handed starter fanned eight over six no-hit innings against the Asheville Tourists on Friday, before being lifted due to pitch count. He allowed two walks and an unearned run, but did not figure in the decision as the RiverDogs fell to the Tourists, 3-1.
"He had a tough outing in his previous start against the same team," RiverDogs pitching coach Jeff Ware said of Betances' May 10 outing in which he allowed five earned runs in four innings.
"It was good to see him come back and do so well against the same team he had trouble with last time out," Ware said. "It shows his character."
The 20-year-old, selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, is 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA this year. He has 57 strikeouts in 47 frames. Last season, Betances was 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA for Staten Island of the short-season New York-Penn League.
"He's been progressing real well and done real well in all but one start," Ware said. "He's got a Major League fastball and a sharp curve with a lot of bite. The third pitch is his change, and we're working on that because that's a pitch you need as you move up the ladder.
"The biggest key for him tonight was keeping his pitches down in the zone," he added. "He was ahead of the hitters quite a bit and kept them off balance."
Ware said Betances normally throws about 90 pitches a game. When he left with the no-hit bid intact and the score, 1-1, he had tossed 94.
He gave up his only run in the second on a fielding error by first baseman Chase Odenreider, a wild pitch and two groundouts.
Asheville (28-14) broke the tie in the eighth on Jeffrey Cunningham's two-run double.
Jhoulys Chacin (6-1) allowed a run on five hits, fanning six and walking over eight innings to pick up the win.
Wilkins De La Rosa (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits, striking out four without a walk over three innings to take the loss for Charleston (27-14).
Alan Friedman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.