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.
Darin Holcomb became a third base prospect for the Colorado Rockies despite a serious back problem that finally has taken him off the field…for good.
Tri-City first baseman Jordan Ribera was 4-for-6 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in a 12-2 win for the Dust Devils. Ribera, a 21st-round pick in June, is hitting .322 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 23 games.
Tulsa third baseman Darin Holcomb was 4-for-5 and drove in all of the Drillers’ runs in a 5-4 win, including a go-ahead run on single in the 10th.
Modesto third baseman Nolan Arenado followed up Monday’s two-homer night by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 9-4 Nuts loss.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was 3-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored in a 12-3 Modesto win. In his past 10 games, Arenado is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with three home runs, four doubles and 18 RBI.
Ian Stewart hit a pair of home runs for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in an 11-10 win Sunday at Salt Lake. Stewart was 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored and is 6-for-13 with nine RBI in his past three games.
Tulsa’s Christian Friedrich gave up three hits and walked three in six shutout innings while another wave of Rockies prospects started their season at rookie Casper.
Colorado Springs outfielder Cole Garner and Tulsa third baseman Darin Holcomb returned to their respective lineups for the first time in more than a week.
Three pitchers and three other players from the Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate were named all-stars.
Double-A Tulsa shortstop Hector Gomez, whose development has been slowed by frequent injuries, is on the disabled list with lower back soreness. So is Tulsa third baseman Darin Holcomb, whose back problems caused him to miss the 2010 season.
Asheville left fielder Corey Dickerson, an eighth-round pick in 2010, hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs, eight with his home runs and two with sacrifice flies.