Chad Bettis
Chad Bettis
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Hip
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bettis had plenty of ups and downs in 2018. After an injury-marred 2017 campaign, the right-hander came out of the gate hot with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP through his first seven starts. He then fell off the map, hindered by a five-start stretch in which he allowed at least five runs each time out before landing on the disabled list due to a finger blister. Upon his return in August, he showed improvement after a horrendous nine-run outing in his first start back. He wound up moving to the bullpen by the end of the season, sporting a 1.93 ERA across 14 frames in relief. His strikeout numbers leave much to be desired (6.0 K/9) and his walk rate increased (3.5 BB/9), making him unattractive from a fantasy perspective, although much of his trouble last year was a result of his unforgiving home ballpark (7.08 ERA at Coors Field, 2.88 ERA on the road). Even so, Bettis appears to be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.33 million contract with the Rockies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Elects free agency
PFree Agent  
Hip
October 30, 2019
Bettis (hip) cleared outright waivers and elected free agency Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Bettis underwent surgery on both hips at the end of August, but he's expected to have a normal offseason and be at full strength once spring training begins. The right-hander was outrighted by the Rockies after posting a 6.08 ERA with a 1.55 WHIP over 63.2 innings pitched in the majors last season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
26
Last 10 Games
22
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Chad Bettis generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .256 440 78 40 100 23 4 17
Since 2017vs Right .298 565 74 39 151 33 2 19
2019vs Left .300 126 22 14 33 9 1 5
2019vs Right .302 161 20 7 45 8 1 5
2018vs Left .232 221 38 21 45 9 1 8
2018vs Right .290 297 42 26 76 19 1 10
2017vs Left .256 93 18 5 22 5 2 4
2017vs Right .313 107 12 6 30 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.17 1.48 124.0 2 6 1 5.7 2.6 1.5
Since 2017Away 4.32 1.38 106.1 6 6 0 6.2 3.6 1.4
2019Home 7.11 1.58 31.2 1 4 1 5.7 2.6 1.1
2019Away 5.06 1.53 32.0 0 2 0 6.2 3.4 1.7
2018Home 7.08 1.62 61.0 0 1 0 5.9 3.4 1.6
2018Away 2.88 1.16 59.1 5 1 0 6.1 3.6 1.1
2017Home 3.45 1.09 31.1 1 1 0 5.5 1.1 1.4
2017Away 8.40 1.93 15.0 1 3 0 6.6 4.2 1.8
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Stat Review
How does Chad Bettis compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.00
 
K/9
5.9
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.0 mph
 
ERA
6.08
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.331
 
GB/FB
3.35
 
Left On Base
61.2%
 
Exit Velocity
90.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.5%
 
Spin Rate
1828 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
41.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
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2012
Heading into 2017, Bettis was expected to be the "veteran" member of a very young Rockies rotation. Unfortunately, the right-hander experienced a relapse of his testicular cancer early in the year and was unable to make a major-league appearance until August. Once he was back in action, he produced mixed results. After a stellar season debut, Bettis' ERA climbed as high as 6.23. However, a strong finish to the season brought his ERA and WHIP down to 5.05 and 1.36, respectively. His calling card is his control, as he's improved his walk rate each year in the majors, but he doesn't strike out enough hitters. His place in the Rockies' rotation seems safe for now, although young starters like Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland and Jeff Hoffman could make Bettis the odd man out if he fails to bounce back.
Bettis won a spot in the 2016 rotation thanks to a strong finish to the 2015 season, but he saw mixed results all year. He started off well enough, sporting a passable 4.18 ERA and solid 1.9 BB/9 through mid-May, but a string of four straight starts with four or more earned runs allowed followed shortly thereafter. He was unable to get his ERA below 5.00 until September. A 51.2 percent groundball rate led to improved numbers at home, but Bettis' ERA on the road leaped from 3.35 to 5.06, damaging his utility as a streaming option. While the 27-year-old took a step forward with his control and should be secure in the rotation, the middling strikeout rate and hitters' haven of a home park limit his fantasy appeal. Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in the offseason and was declared cancer free in January.
Bettis finished second on the Rockies in 2015 in wins and strikeouts with totals of eight and 98 in those categories, respectively, despite tossing just 115 frames. He pitched very well down the stretch, posting a 2.54 ERA and 25:10 K:BB over the final month of the season (28.1 innings). The peripherals, namely his strikeout, walk and groundball rates, suggest there is room for improvement in 2016, though any pitcher making half of his starts in Coors Field makes for a tough sell as an every-week mixed-league option. Indeed, Bettis had dramatic home/road splits last season, with a 4.99 ERA at home compared to a 3.35 mark away from Colorado. In leagues that allow daily roster moves, and thus allow owners to pick and choose starts, and in NL-only formats, Bettis makes for a more appealing option.
The Rockies pulled the plug on grooming Bettis as a starter last spring, reasoning that his powerful fastball/slider mix would fare better in a max-effort relief role. While the right-hander was able to coax a good amount of velocity out of that combination, a lack of location and movement on those pitches made life easy for opposing hitters, who thumped Bettis to the tune of a 9.12 ERA over 24.2 frames. The 25-year-old rebounded swiftly (3.09 ERA, 8.9 K/9 rate in 55.1 innings) during his time at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but the dropoff in competition might have played a larger part in those successes than any adjustments he made. Bettis’ brutal results in relief prompted the Rockies to give him the opportunity to compete for a starting role during the upcoming season, but serious questions remain about whether he’ll ever be able to make good on the potential that once made him a top pitching prospect in the organization.
After he was sidelined for the entire 2012 season with a shoulder injury, Bettis quickly showed some renewed promise at Double-A Tulsa, where he dominated with a 68:13 K:BB ratio over 12 starts. Although it would have been ideal to allow him to log a full season in the minors coming off a major injury, the Rockies were in desperate need for a fifth starter in July and eventually tabbed the right-hander for the role. He proved ill-prepared for the promotion, as control issues and a proclivity toward big innings amounted to a 5.64 ERA in his 44.2 frames. The Rockies still remain high on Bettis' potential, but there appears to be some division in the organization regarding the pitcher's future. Though some feel the former college closer's big fastball and sharp slider would make him most amenable to a relief role, others feel that with more minor league seasoning, he can still develop into a quality major league starter. He'll likely open the season at Triple-A, as the Rockies attempt to figure out that dilemma.
The California League offered little challenge to Bettis last season, as he racked up an impressive 184:45 K:BB and led the league in innings, strikeouts and WHIP last season. A second-round pick out of Texas Tech in 2012, Bettis should move quickly through the Rockies system and will begin 2012 at Double-A. There are concerns about his secondary pitches, but Bettis has a high-90s fastball and plus slider and at the very least projects as a potential closer if he's unable to remain starter. For now, he'll be a future target for the rotation, and he'll likely vault onto more prospect lists in 2012 if the strikeouts follow him to Tulsa.
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Expects to be ready for spring
PColorado Rockies  
Hip
September 16, 2019
Bettis (hip) is expected to be at full strength for the beginning of spring training, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Shifts to 60-day IL
PColorado Rockies  
Hip
August 27, 2019
Bettis (hip) was moved to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
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Set for season-ending surgery
PColorado Rockies  
Hip
August 25, 2019
Bettis will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday on both hips, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to injured list
PColorado Rockies  
Hip
August 17, 2019
Bettis was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hip impingement, retroactive to Aug. 14.
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Gets save against Diamondbacks
PColorado Rockies  
May 28, 2019
Bettis picked up the save against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, throwing two scoreless innings without allowing a baserunner to close out Colorado's 6-2 victory. He struck out two.
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