LUBBOCK, Texas – In a matter of hours, a pair of former Texas Tech players and teammates were called up to the big leagues, the most recent – right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis (2008-2010) who will join the Colorado Rockies this week in Atlanta. Bettis was promoted from Double-A Tulsa.
Bettis, a Lubbock native and graduate of Monterey High School, joined former teammate Roger Kieschnick who was called up earlier Monday by the San Francisco Giants. Bettis and Kieschnick mark the third and fourth Red Raiders to be called up this year and give the Red Raiders three former players that have reached Major League Baseball this month (Colt Hynes).
Texas Tech is now tied with Texas and Oklahoma State with 20 former players called up to the big leagues since 2000 – a total that leads the Big 12 Conference. Overall, Kieschnick and Bettis give Texas Tech its 26th and 27th players to be called up to the big leagues.
Bettis, 24, who is expected join the Rockies for their four-game series finale at Atlanta on Thursday a 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch from Turner Field. Bettis is expected to make his debut out of the bullpen for Colorado.
Bettis, the fifth highest drafted player in Tech history, was the 76th overall selection in the second round by the Colorado Rockies of the 2010 MLB Draft. Bettis’ first full minor league season in 2011 he was named the California League Pitcher of the Year while a member of the Modesto Nuts in Class-A Advanced.
Bettis and Kieschnick will look to become the 26th and 27th Red Raiders to make their MLB debuts. Earlier this month Colt Hynes became the 25th Red Raider to make it to the big leagues as a member of the San Diego Padres while earlier this season Nathan Karns made his debut with the Washington Nationals in May.
Following Bettis and Kieschnick’s MLB debuts, it will mark the first time in Texas Tech history that four former players have made their MLB debuts in the same year.
Bettis became the second pitcher in school history and the first Red Raider in 28 years (Ruben Garcia, 1970-72) to lead the team in wins during three consecutive seasons (2008-2010) while earning All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore and junior.
He was also named to the All-Big 12 Tournament team in 2010 while earning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors twice during his Tech career. In fact, he remains the only pitcher in school history to lead the team in wins and saves in back-to-back seasons.
He is currently ranked in 20 all-time school record books while owning the Tech record for career saves (17) and saves in a single-season (10).
Bettis’ career record at Texas Tech was 17-10 with a 4.85 ERA in 59 appearances with 23 starts. He recorded 17 saves with 226.1 innings pitched, 201 strikeouts and 92 walks allowed.
Bettis was 3-4 in 12 starts in Double-A this season with the Tulsa Drillers. After his fifth start of the season (May 11) he missed nearly two months with an oblique injury before returning at the start of July with five starts with at least six strikeouts in four of the five outings.
On the season, Bettis has 68 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched allowing just 13 walks.
After joining the Rockies organization in 2010, Bettis went 6-1 in Short-Season A and Single-A with a 1.07 ERA in 13 outings (12 starts) with 67 innings pitched, 56 strikeouts and 13 walks allowed.
He was among all minor league leaders in 2011 with Modesto going 12-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 27 starts with 184 strikeouts and only 45 walks allowed in 169.2 innings pitched. He was a Rockies organizational All-Star, California League Midseason and Post-Season All-Star while leading the California League in strikeouts, innings pitched, WHIP and opponent batting average (.225).
Bettis missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, but made the jump to Double-A in 2013.
- Texas Tech has at least one player from five consecutive MLB draft classes that have reached the big leagues (2006-2010), including a pair of draftees from 2006 (Josh Tomlin, Dustin Richardson) and also two from 2008 (Roger Kieschnick, Zach Stewart).
- Bettis is the first Red Raider from the 2010 MLB Draft class to reach the big leagues.
- Bettis is the 17th Texas Tech pitcher to be called up to the big leagues... The Red Raiders have had 10 pitchers called up to the Show since 2006.
- Bettis will become the first Red Raider to make an MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies.
TEXAS TECH PLAYERS MAKING MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT:
Chad Bettis (2008-10) – Called up 7/29/13 – Colorado Rockies (RHP)
Roger Kieschnick (2006-08) – Called up 7/29/13 – San Francisco Giants (OF)
Colt Hynes (2006-07) – MLB Debut 7/14/13 – San Diego Padres (LHP)
Nathan Karns (2008-09) - MLB Debut 5/28/13 - Washington Nationals (RHP)
AJ Ramos (2006-09) - MLB Debut 9/4/12 - Miami Marlins (RHP)
Zach Stewart (2008) - MLB Debut 6/16/12 - Toronto Blue Jays (RHP)
Josh Tomlin (2006) - MLB Debut 7/27/10 - Cleveland Indians (RHP)
Dustin Richardson (2005-06) - MLB Debut 9/28/09 - Boston Red Sox (LHP)
Dallas Braden (2004) - MLB Debut 4/24/07 - Oakland Athletics (LHP)
Jeff Karstens (2003) - MLB Debut 8/22/06 - New York Yankees (RHP)
Chris Sampson (1999) - MLB Debut 6/2/06 - Houston Astros (RHP)
Joe Dillon (1996-97) - MLB Debut 5/18/05 - Florida Marlins (1B)
Steve Watkins (1998) - MLB Debut 8/21/04 - San Diego Padres (RHP)
Trey Lunsford (1999-2000) - MLB Debut 9/12/02 - San Francisco Giants (C)
Josh Bard (1997-99) - MLB Debut 8/23/02 – Cleveland Indians (C)
Travis Driskill (1991-93) - MLB Debut 4/26/02 - Cleveland Indians (RHP)
Stubby Clapp (1996) - MLB Debut 6/18/01 - St. Louis Cardinals (2B)
Matt Miller (1994-96) - MLB Debut 5/8/01 - Detroit Tigers (LHP)
Keith Ginter (1997-98) - MLB Debut 9/20/00 - Houston Astros (2B)
Brandon Kolb (1995) - MLB Debut 5/12/00 - San Diego Padres (RHP)
Travis Smith (1994-95) - MLB Debut 6/21/98 - Milwaukee Brewers (RHP)
Ryan Nye (1994-95) - MLB Debut 6/7/97 - Philadelphia Phillies (RHP)
Mark Brandenburg (1991-92) - MLB Debut 7/20/95 - Texas Rangers (RHP)
Donald Harris (1988-89) - MLB Debut 9/4/91 - Texas Rangers (OF)
Mike Humphreys (1985-88) - MLB Debut 7/29/91 - New York Yankees (LF)
Doug Ault (1971-72) - MLB Debut 9/6/76 - Texas Rangers (1B/LF)
Chuck Harrison (1961-62) - MLB Debut 9/15/65 - Houston Astros (1B)