Eddie Butler Braces For MLB Debut
The Colorado Rockies are set to promote heralded pitching prospect Eddie Butler to make a spot start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 24th ranked prospect will replace the struggling Franklin Morales in the rotation on what appears to be a start by start basis.
The Rockies are struggling having lost 8 of their last 10 and currently see themselves on a 4-game skid thirsty for a fresh lively arm to climb the bump.
The 23-year old is off to an impressive start this season with the Double “A” Tulsa Drillers posting a tidy 2.49 earned run average fanning 40 batters in 68.2 innings pitched. The former 2012 first rounder has a 20-10 record with a 2.05 earned run average in 286 innings pitched throughout his professional career.
Rockies Manager Walt Weiss had this to say about the Butler earlier last month.
“It’s Eddie Butler who is the most big-league ready right now.
“If he’s not, then he’s real close,” Weiss said. “I don’t think there’s a lot of development left. It’s just the experience of being here. That’s obviously what he lacks. But as far as developing a pitch or more command, I think the development is behind him.
“It’s tough to make a black and white statement because he hasn’t pitched at this level. Stuff-wise? I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Weiss said. “But until a guy gets up here and has to deal with the third deck and the stakes that are on the line every day here, you just don’t know. But as far as his stuff, he has big-league stuff, no question about it.”
The Rockies are banking on Butler to eventually form a quality 1-2 punch and anchor the rotation with top pitching prospect Jonathan Gray. As for now, the Rockies brain-trust are hopeful that Butler can give their rotation a shot in the arm with a chance at sticking with the big club.