PALMER BETTS
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 13, 1994
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 36th Round, 1091st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Chipola College
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Betts went to Georgia in 2013, then transferred to Chipola college after one year.  His numbers with Georgia were poor, but he improved with Chipola.  He did deal with some control issues, but didn’t give up many hits.  He displays a fastball that has been reported at 93, touching higher at times.  He was 87-89 MPH out of high school, so it looks like he’s added some velocity the last two years.  He’s been described as having a violent delivery by Baseball America.  He pairs the fastball with a slider.  Betts pitched mostly in relief for Chipola and entirely at Georgia.  He signed a week after the draft.

2014
R+:  0-1-0, 5.51 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 16.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 8.3 K/9

The Pirates sent Betts to Bristol, where he pitched rather sparingly out of the bullpen.  I don’t know what the reason for that may have been.  The ERA is misleading, because he allowed six runs (out of his season total of ten) in one inning in his last outing on August 15, then didn’t pitch again.

Apart from the one outing, Betts didn’t pitch badly in 2014.  Assuming he’s healthy, he could be at West Virginia or Morgantown in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2014 (JC) 2-0-1 19 2 30.1 15 2 22 39 1.22 2.37
2013 (NCAA) 0-0-0 10 0 8.1 15 0 6 1 2.52 .375 9.72
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round, 1091st overall pick; signed on June 14.