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Bettis Promoted to the Rockies

August 1, 2013 - Texas League (TL) - Tulsa Drillers News Release

Tulsa Drillers starting pitcher Chad Bettis has been called up to the big leagues and will start for the Colorado Rockies Thursday night in Atlanta. The right-hander, who allowed just two hits and struck out eight in his last outing against the Arkansas Travelers a week ago, will square off with Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.07 ERA) of the Braves in his Major League debut.

Tulsa Drillers starting pitcher Chad Bettis will make his Major League debut with the Rockies Thursday in Atlanta. (Rich Crimi) Bettis began the 2013 season ranked as the organization's top pitching prospect according to MLB.com. Despite missing seven weeks due to a strained oblique muscle, he went 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 starts with Tulsa. He struck out 68 and walked just 13 in 63 innings.

After being named California League Pitcher of the Year in 2011 while with the Modesto Nuts, Bettis was on track to begin last season with the Drillers. However, a shoulder injury sidelined the highly touted prospect for the entire 2012 campaign.

Colorado selected Bettis with its second round pick (76th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.

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