Arenado, Bettis and Matthes among best in Cal League
Three Colorado Rockies prospects were ranked among Baseball America’s top 20 prospects in the high Class A California League.
Third basemanwas ranked sixth, followed by pitcher , who was ninth, and right fielder Kent Matthes, 20th.
Arenado, 20, who will play in the Arizona Fall League, hit .298/.379/.487 with 20 home runs and a minor-league leading 122 RBI. His defensive play, once a liability, was notably better after Arenado, the Rockies second-round pick in 2009, lost weight last winter. In its scouting report, BA writes, “He has the makings of a run producer, using a selectively aggressive approach and superb hand-eye coordination to make consistent contact.”
Bettis, 22, went 12-5, 3.39 with 45 walks and 184 strikeouts in 169 2/3 innings with 142 hits allowed. The Rockies second-round pick in 2010, Bettis led the league in innings and strikeouts. BA says of Bettis: “His velocity increased as the year went on, and by the end of the season he regularly hit 97 mph and maintained his fastball throughout games…The development of his secondary pitches will dictate if Bettis remains a starter or moves back to the bullpen, his college role.’
Matthes, 24, hit .334/.378/.642 with 23 homers and 95 RBI before his season ended Aug. 3 when he was hit with a pitch that broke his left hand. The Rockies took Matthes in the fourth round in 2009. BA writes in it scouting report: “Matthes has remade his metal-bat swing and now makes consistent contact with enough loft in his swing for his drives to carry out of the park.”