CHAD ROBERT BETTIS
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   ROCKIES - DL
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 200 Throws:   R
DOB: 4/26/1989 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 35  
Birth City: Lubbock, TX
Draft: Rockies #2 - 2010 - Out of Texas Tech Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2010 SAL ASHEVILLE   3 18.2 14 17 3 3 0 0 0 2 0   0.96
2010 NWL TRI-CITY   10 48.1 44 39 10 9 0 0 0 4 1   1.12
2011 CAL MODESTO   27 169.2 142 184 45 27 0 0 0 12 5   3.34
2012 - D.L.                            
2013 NL ROCKIES $490.00 16 44.2 55 30 20 8 0 0 0 1 3 0.302 5.64
2013 TL TULSA   12 63 60 68 13 12 0 0 0 3 4   3.71
2014 NL ROCKIES $500.00 21 24.2 42 13 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.378 9.12
2014 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   20 55.1 45 55 21 5 0 0 3 3 4   3.09
2015 NL ROCKIES   20 115 120 98 42 20 0 0 0 8 6 0.268 4.23
2015 EL NEW BRITAIN   1 3.1 2 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2015 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   7 39 41 33 10 7 0 0 0 3 2   3.46
2016 NL ROCKIES $513.00 32 186 204 138 59 32 1 1 0 14 8 0.278 4.79
2017 - battled cancer                            
Personal
  • Bettis committed to Texas Tech in 2007, his senior year at Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas.

  • In 2007, Chad passed up the Astros' offer after they chose him in the 8th round.

  • In the summer of 2008, Bettis pitched for Falmouth on the Cape Cod League.

  • In the spring of 2011, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Bettis as the 9th-best prospect in the Rockies organization. They moved him up to #3 in the winter before 2012 spring training. He was at #5 in the offseasons before both the 2013 and the 2014 spring camps opened.

  • In 2011, Bettis won the Cal League's Pitcher of the Year award and paced the circuit in innings (170), strikeouts (184), WHIP (1.10), and opponents' average (.225). He ranked second in wins (12) and ERA (3.39).

  • Chad is a good kid who works out and prepares himself physically and mentally.

  • Aug 5, 2016: Although he came into 2016 with a little over a year of experience, Rockies starter Chad Bettis has been seen as a leader. Along with pitching coach Steve Foster, Bettis came up with a scoring system to rate each starter's performance based on statistics the pitcher can control, such as walks, strikeouts and first-pitch strikes. The team has kept up with the competition and has the results posted on the clubhouse bulletin board.

    "I envision our staff and how we approach games as ever-evolving and to understand how to learn from whether you had a good start or a bad one," Bettis said. "I think you have to hold each other accountable in that sense of how can you be a better pitcher and how can you help our team out more."

    Bettis isn't the clubhouse leader in his competition; after three strong starts to begin the season, his ERA ballooned up to 5.65 to end the first half. However, he has weathered the storm and remained a leader, because it is in his personality.

    As part of his leadership, Bettis likes to connect to as many other pitchers as possible. Although he is the second-oldest starter on the staff at 27 years old, he makes sure to learn from everybody, from 13-year veteran Jorge De La Rosa to rookies Tyler Anderson and Jon Gray. Those conversations have helped turn his season around. Bettis has thrown quality starts in his last five outings with an impressive 3.09 ERA and a .222 batting average against during that stretch.

    "It's definitely a struggle, especially when you're not performing the way everybody expects you to," Bettis said. "You lose some sleep at night, but you have guys that will also step up for you. There are times when I was struggling there and Chatty [Tyler Chatwood] stepped up for me, Gray stepped up." (B Weinrib - MLB.com - Aug 5, 2016)

  • December 12, 2016: Bettis revealed that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2016 and underwent surgery soon after to have one of his testicles removed. Bettis, 27, said he expected to be fully recovered in time to report to 2017 Spring Training and remain a part of Colorado's starting rotation.

  • February 2017: Spring training feels fresh for every Rockies player after a long offseason. But, that feeling of renewed hope hits pitcher Chad Bettis harder than any better ever could on the diamond. That's especially true when you consider that just a few months ago, the 27-year-old was given a shocking diagnosis. CLASS="highlight">

    "The doctor told me I had testicular cancer," Bettis said. "But, the only word I heard was cancer. It was really scary," Bettis said. "It was something I would have never guessed would happen in a million years. CLASS="highlight">"

    Bettis found a lump during a self-examination. Two weeks later, he had surgery to remove it. CLASS="highlight"> 

    "I'm a pretty firm believer that playing baseball prepares you for life," Bettis said. "But, baseball had not prepared me for this at all." Still, the operation gave him some relief. "Being able to set my mind free, knowing that the cancer was out of my body was huge," Bettis said. CLASS="highlight">

    In his treatment, Bettis decided against chemotherapy and radiation. Instead, he goes through regular checkups with blood work and CT scans. Through all of that, he says he is cancer-free, and feeling 100 percent as the Rockies start game action in Arizona. Family helped him in his battle, but really, the pitcher points to his faith as the biggest thing that pushed him through it all. Specifically, he kept thinking of Romans 8:18, which reads: "Yet, what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. CLASS="highlight">"

    "It seemed like the verse was really meant for me," Bettis said. Still in the early stages of his career, the right-hander could have had his time in baseball cut well short. Instead, Bettis gets another season walking to the mound. A year after leading the Rockies in wins, and with cancer behind him, 2017 is almost guaranteed to be even better. CLASS="highlight">

    "I'd say it was a blessing because we're actually having a baby girl coming soon here on March 29," Bettis said. CLASS="highlight">

    Chad says he's still getting used to the idea that he is a cancer survivor, and that he is approaching each day differently. Fatherhood will probably have a similar effect, but will be a far more welcomed adjustment, considering what he's been through. (Feb., 25, 2017 - KUSA)

  • March 10, 2017: Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis announced that his testicular cancer had unexpectedly spread, and he will soon begin chemotherapy. The club announced that he'll undergo treatments in Arizona over the next several weeks. Bettis, who was scheduled to pitch against the Reds at Goodyear, Ariz., announced the diagnosis in a tweet.

    Here is an update on my current health situation. My family and I thank you for your continued support.Bettis, manager Bud Black and head athletic trainer Keith Dugger addressed the media on the situation.  The right-hander said he was hopeful that he'd pitch this season if his treatment goes smoothly, but there isn't a timeline for his return.

    "The biopsy was taken, and then we were just kind of waiting for the results to come back this week, and then had a meeting with our oncologist," Bettis explained. "So that's when we kind of found out everything and that's when we started drawing up a plan." Bettis, 27, was caught by surprise by the latest diagnosis, because the results of his blood tests had been promising since he underwent surgery on Nov. 29.

    "The bloodwork has been good since after my testes had been removed," Bettis said. "That was kind of the weird thing about it. That's a little bit unusual. But [the testing] was something that we felt needed to be done. We wanted to know what was causing the growth in the lymph nodes. So we felt we were able to reach one and biopsy it. So we just went ahead and did that.

    "It's unfortunate. It sucks, honestly. But it was something at the point in time, initially going through everything, that we [knew we] might have to go through this anyway. So the mindset was kind of always there, that I might have to go through a round of chemo initially. ... CLASS="highlight"> It was something that was already in my head initially, [but] knowing that I have to go through it and it puts me at a really high cure rate is much better for me. CLASS="highlight">"

    Bettis was optimistic about his prognosis for recovery, and he said his cure rate was in the "90-plus-percent" range. CLASS="highlight"> "Knowing that we caught it early and that the blood tumor markers [are] still non-detectable and normal, it's huge," Bettis said. CLASS="highlight"> "So we caught this early, and it's a big thing."

    For now, baseball is on the back burner, but returning to the mound will never be far from Bettis' mind during his treatment. CLASS="highlight">"I've got to get this beat and get it out of me, but it's also what's still driving me -- to get back out there optimistically this year," Bettis said. CLASS="highlight"> "We'll see how everything goes and go from there. CLASS="highlight">" (T Harding - MLB.com - March 10, 2017)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2010: Bettis signed with the Rockies after they chose him in the second round, out of Texas Tech University. He signed for a $477,000 bonus, via scout Dar Cox.
Pitching
  • Bettis has a very lively 91-96 mph FASTBALL that he commands well. He also has a hard 81-84 mph slurvy-CURVEBALL with a late break, an above average 85-87 mph powerful two-plane SLIDER that comes out of his hand on the same plane as his heater, and is more like an 85-88 mph CUTTER. And he developed a good 82-83 mph CHANGEUP that has splitter action for use against lefty hitters. He sells his change well.

    His slider flattens out too often. But it is a radical pitch when it is "on."  

  • 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 46.5% of the time; Sinker 9.5% of the time; Change 13.1%; Slider 20.6%; and Curve 10.4% of the time.

  • Scouts think of Jake Peavy when they watch Bettis.
  • Chad throws from a low three-quarters slot and isn't big at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. While he doesn't throw on much of a downward plane, his arm angle generates a lot of life on his heater and makes it difficult to hit. He has fluid mechanics, quick arm speed and an aggressive approach, going right at the hitters.

    He has the fluid delivery and quick arm to allow him to look effortless while getting fine velocity and impressive movement.

    Starting in 2011, Chad was staying back better and then driving with his lower half in his delivery, allowing him to fire more low strikes. He works the bottom of the zone consistently. (Spring 2013)

  • Bettis' resilient arm and attack-the-hitter intense mentality make him a solid fit in the bullpen.

    But he also can maintain his velocity for 9 innings, making him a capable starter. The development of his secondary pitches will decide where he fits best. His lack of height raises concerns that he'll work on a flat plane and have trouble the third time through a lineup unless he develops a softer pitch (more likely his curve than his changeup) so he can change speeds as well as locations.

  • Chad needs to throw more quality strikes. But he keeps the ball down and throws strikes low in the zone. He has goodn control, but lacks good command. He very rarely gives up a home run.
  • He is a fearless competitor, a real bulldog on the mound. He goes right after guys who will not back down.
  • Bettis is a knowledgable pitcher. He knows how to pitch and has the desire to win.

    "One of the great things about him, maybe the best thing about him, is that he's very confident in himself," Rockies farm director Jeff Bridich said. "He knows he's good. He's very determined to be good. And with his stuff and his preparation and work ethic and his fierceness and intensity on the mound every time he takes the mound, he knows he's going to be good. That is a great asset to have, and everything else is just pure development and experience."

  • As of the start of the 2017 season, Chad had a career record of 23-19 with a 5.01 ERA, having allowed 421 hits and 43 home runs in 370 innings.
Career Injury Report
  • January 2007: Bettis hurt his knee playing pickup football. Arthroscopic surgery was required, so he got a late start on his senior high school season.

  • 2012: Bettis missed the entire season due to a shoulder strain in a muscle behind his right shoulder, an injury that is happily behind him. It developed as his short stay in big league spring training camp was winding down in March. A setback in August scuttled his season. He didn't return until Instructional League in September.

  • May-July 3, 2013: Chad was on the D.L. for about six weeks with an oblique issue.

  • July 19-Aug. 24, 2015: Chad was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

  • March 10, 2017: Chad announced that his testicular cancer had unexpectadely returned and that he will probably be out most of the 2017 season while he undergoes chemo treatments.