SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis went into camp last year being touted as a pitcher who, just in his third pro season, had a shot at making it to the Majors. He was the first player from the 2010 Draft class to appear in Major League camp, but a shoulder injury after camp began -- which begat a long and halting rehab -- cost him the entire year.
A second-round pick out of Texas Tech, Bettis is 18-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 Minor League games, all but one of them starts at the Short-Season and Class A levels. The talk last year was that he had a shot to be in the Majors before season's end, possibly as a late-inning reliever.
Bettis tried to work his way back to the mound, but a setback in August scuttled his season. Bettis, who turns 24 on April 26, arrived in camp without much buzz, which is fine with him.
"I'm so blessed for the opportunity again, but I want to show everyone I'm healthy again and see where that takes me," Bettis said. "It's definitely much more day-by-day. You have to take it that way. If you look at the pressure of, 'I'm really going to try hard to make the team,' then a lot of things can get out of hand, out of control. Try to take what's in the moment."