Daily Notes: Very Compelling Prospect Chad Bettis to Debut by Carson Cistulli August 1, 2013 Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Very Compelling Prospect Chad Bettis to Debut 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Very Compelling Prospect Chad Bettis to Debut The Purpose of This Post The purpose of this post is to announce how talented right-handed Colorado prospect Chad Bettis is making his debut today (Thursday) against Atlanta at 7:10pm ET. Regarding Chad Bettis, Who That Is Bettis was a second-round selection by the Rockies out of Texas Tech in 2010 — and an (unsigned) eighth-round selection before that by Houston out of a Texas high school in 2007. Regarding Chad Bettis, His Prospect Status Before the 2012 season, Bettis appeared at the bottom of some notable top-100 prospect lists (like 86th overall, for example, on Baseball America’s rankings) but was absent from others (like our own Marc Hulet’s, for other example). After missing all of 2012 with arm troubles, however, Bettis was absent from every notable list entering the present season, so far as the author is aware. Regarding Chad Bettis, What He Throws The right-hander has received considerable praise both for his fastball (which sits at 93-95 mph) and slider. As the very dark footage below suggests (taken from recent editions of the Fringe Five) Bettis’s changeup might also be quite excellent — despite concerns having been expressed about the pitch before. The quality of Bettis’s changeup will likely serve as the barometer for how well he’ll fare as a starter, as it will help him neutralize the left-handed platoon advantage. Very Dark Footage: Bettis’s Changeup Here’s very dark footage of Bettis’s changeup from a recent Texas League start: Other Very Dark Footage: Bettis’s Changeup Here’s other very dark footage of what is also likely Bettis’s changeup — in this case, from a slightly less recent Texas League start: Regarding Chad Bettis, His Numbers This Season Bettis has recorded nearly the same rates this year at Double-A as he did in 2011 while playing in the High-A California League. To wit, from 2011: 169.2 IP, 26.7% K, 6.5%. And now, from 2013: 63.0 IP, 26.3% K, 5.0% BB. But Actually One More Comment About Bettis’s Changeup From the video the author has watched of Bettis this year, the changeup isn’t a weakness. It’s at least an average pitch. Considered within the context of his repertoire as a whole, it might be a plus pitch. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game Chicago AL at Cleveland | 12:05 ET Chris Sale (137.0 IP, 71 xFIP-, 3.8 WAR) faces Justin Masterson (150.0 IP, 81 xFIP-, 3.0 WAR). “A quality and totally free game,” the cry goes round. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio. Today’s Complete Schedule Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 6.2. Note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time Chris Sale CHA 10 1 8 7 8 CLE Justin Masterson 12:05 Matt Harvey NYN 10 6 7 2 5 MIA Tom Koehler 12:40 James Shields KC 6 7 4 2 2 MIN Scott Diamond 13:10 Zeke Spruill* AZ 5 2 6 3 10 TEX Yu Darvish 19:05 Jordan Lyles HOU 5 3 4 8 3 BAL Bud Norris* 19:05 Matt Cain SF 5 5 6 1 8 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05 Joe Kelly STL 6 3 6 7 6 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05 Chad Bettis* COL 11 8 9 7 7 ATL Julio Teheran 19:10 Felix Hernandez SEA 10 5 7 8 3 BOS Ryan Dempster 19:10 Ricky Nolasco LAN 5 3 4 4 4 CHN Chris Rusin* 20:05 Josh Johnson TOR 8 7 7 7 7 LAA Garrett Richards 22:05 To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here. To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here. * = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.