In lieu of final Farm Report from Inside The Rockies before we move on to new things, we thought we would offer up this discussion piece to everyone on what the Colorado Rockies will look like in 2014.
Baseball America and Jack Etkin released their 2012 list of the top 10 Colorado Rockies prospects. The list has seen significant changes since 2011, when it was topped by left-hander Tyler Matzek and included Christian Friedrich, Peter Tago and Hector Gomez, all of whom have fallen out of the top 10 in 2012.
Three Colorado Rockies prospects were ranked among Baseball America’s top 20 prospects in the high Class A California League.
Starting pitcher Chad Bettis allowed six hits, walked three and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings to help the Nuts win the second game of their playoff series. Bettis wasn’t involved in the decision, though, when the Nuts broke a scoreless tie after he exited.
Modesto shortstop Josh Rutledge had three hits, including a two-run home run, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games and backing Chad Bettis, who allowed two hits and struck out nine in five innings.
Chad Bettis, the Rockies’ second-round pick in 2010, is from the Texas hardball mold, a pitcher with the ability to throw hard and throw strikes and blow batters away. The high-energy Bettis hasn’t lost his edge, but he has kept from getting too amped, a necessary skill that has helped him surge in the second half.
Chad Bettis, the Colorado Rockies’ second-round pick in 2010, has handled a heavy workload in 2011 — the natural result of having a successful season. For his part, Bettis seems to have handled his workload well. He regularly touches 97, 98 mph with his fastball and averages 95 mph and to maintain that velocity late in the season is telling.
Corey Dickerson homered three times — his 28th, 29th and 30th — and drove in six runs in a slugfest for low Class-A Asheville. The Tourists hit eight home runs and scored 21 runs.
Modesto starting pitcher Chad Bettis pitched another gem, striking out 11 in seven shutout innings, while third baseman Nolan Arenado became the first minor leaguer with 100 RBI this season.
Six Colorado Rockies minor leaguers were winners in the annual Baseball America Best Tools survey.
Starting pitcher Tyler Matzek took the loss for Ashevile but followed up his best start of the season with another solid start, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Matzek was coming off a start in which he allowed run and struck out nine in seven innings.
Asheville Tyler Matzek pitched perhaps his best game as a pro, allowing one run on four hits, walking just one and striking out nine in seven innings.