Right-hander Chad Bettis was once a top 100 prospect and then a quality member of Colorado’s rotation, but health issues have played a role in stalling his progress over the past few seasons. Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in 2017, eventually making a courageous return to a major league mound later that year. He went on to log a sizable number of innings with the Rockies from 2018-19, though he missed time last season with a hip impingement and couldn’t match his prior production when he did pitch. Bettis wound up amassing 63 2/3 innings, most of which came as a reliever, and opposing offenses tattooed him for a 6.08 ERA/5.16 FIP.
In the wake of Bettis’ struggles, the Rockies moved on from the 30-year-old a couple months back in lieu of paying him a projected $3.8MM via arbitration. Now a member of an uninspiring free-agent market for starters, Bettis told Jon Morosi of MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he has taken steps forward as he seeks a return to health….