Chad Bettis Position: RHP School: Texas Tech
State: TX Year: Jr. Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 210
Birth Date: 4/26/89 Player Rating: XXX Last Drafted: 2007 (HOU-8)
Chad Bettis has now gone from rotation arm to bullpen arm and back to rotation arm again. Now we must answer what his long-term role is. Bettis is a west Texas product, and if you’ve ever seen Friday Night Lights, you know baseball isn’t exactly the focal point of sporting in that area of the country. However, he turned plenty of heads as an amateur, and he ended up not signing as an 8th round pick of the Astros in 2007. Hyped coming to Texas Tech, he was pretty bad as a starter, and it wasn’t until he started pitching in relief that he encountered much success. He boosted his draft stock while closing for Team USA last summer, flashing plus stuff worthy of first round consideration. His fastball is a mid- to upper-90s offering with good life and deception. It’s a plus-plus pitch, a true 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He complements it with an above-average slider that could firm up into another plus offering. He hasn’t worked much with a changeup, and his arsenal may indeed lend itself better in relief in pro ball. Either way, Bettis is an elite talent, and he’s expected go anywhere from the middle of the first round into the supplemental first round, and he’ll sign for slot money.