Tulsa Drillers starting pitcher Chad Bettis was called up to the big leagues. he will start for the Rockies Thursday at 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 of the Braves in his Major League Baseball debut.
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.
Colorado selected Bettis with its second round pick in the 2010 draft out of Texas Tech.
Grand Junction (21-17) clinched its division’s first-half titles, meaning the Pioneer League (short season Single-A) franchise will play in the playoffs this September. The second half began Wednesday.
The Rockies will be without pitcher Jonathan Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 Draft, who was promoted to Class A Advanced Modesto of the California League. An improved change-up by Rockies prospect (4.05 ERA, four starts, 15 strikeouts, two walks) helped him move up.
Grand Junction outfielder Raimel Tapia (league-high .383) has a 28-game hitting streak, four shy of the league record set by Billings’ Chris Valaika in 2006.