TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013 – 8:47 AM
Scott Lacefield (Twitter: @ScottLacefield)
Baseball America has continued its list of each Major League Baseball organization’s top prospects and recently two former Red Raiders appeared on teams “top 10 rankings” in the National League Western Division.
Chad Bettis, a second round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2010, is ranked the No. 5 prospect in the Rockies organization. Despite missing the entire 2012 season due to injury, Bettis is healthy and expected to make huge strides in 2013.
The 2011 California League Pitcher of the Year, Bettis was also tabbed as having the organization’s top slider – not a bad addition to his already mid-to-upper 90’s fastball.
The publication also lists Bettis as the Rockies “No. 3 Starter” for a projected 2016 lineup.
A teammate of Bettis’ at Tech and a former standout Red Raider Roger Kieschnick was ranked the No. 9 minor league prospect in the World Champion San Francisco Giants organization.
This past year Kieschnick was having a season to remember in Triple-A in the Pacific Coast League before having his season cut short due to an injury. In just 55 games in 2012, Kieschnick batted .306 (69-for-222) with 13 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 40 RBI.
Also, don’t forget, only 17 days and nine hours until Opening Day!