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31 Eddie Butler RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/180 | Birthdate: 3/13/1991 | Birthplace: Chesapeake, VA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 13/0 | Average Draft Position: 206.73
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Rockies send down pair of top pitching prospects


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) The Rockies have optioned right-handers Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler to minor-league camp Saturday. Butler and Gray are considered the Rockies' top pitching prospects.

Eddie Butler surrenders two runs in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Rockies pitching prospect Eddie Butler made his spring debut Monday, surrendering two earned runs on one hit and two walks in three innings of work in his team's 5-0 loss to the Diamondbacks Monday.

Butler cruised through two innings before being sent out for a third, where he gave up a a walk, a double and a sac fly before getting the third out of his final frame. Butler was named the No. 24 prospect in baseball this preseason by Baseball America after going 9-5 with a 1.80 ERA and 143:52 K:BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings across three levels last season. That included allowing just two earned runs in 27 2/3 innings across six starts at the Double-A level.


Rockies' SP prospects could be worth a gamble on Draft Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) In case you missed it, Rockies chairman and CEO Dick Monfort was very forthcoming with information when he was chatting with fans on Twitter Tuesday. One of the more interesting tidbits was his take on pitching prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler both being in the majors by "late summer."

Butler is not really surprising. He progressed all the way to Double-A last season and has been dominant since being a 2012 first-round pick. Butler is 16-6 with a 1.90 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 41 career appearances (40 starts). Butler will likely open the year at Triple-A, but it wouldn't be surprising if he's an early recall due to injury or the ineffectiveness of whoever wins the final spot in the team's rotation this spring. Butler is definitely an impact arm and can certainly be considered a draft-and-stash option in deeper formats.

However, the mention of Gray is intriguing. The 2013 first-round pick (third overall) was pretty stellar after turning pro, going 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in nine starts between Rookie League and Class A last year. He even had a 51-to-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings.

You never know what's truly going to impact a team's decision to bring up a prospect, but don't be surprised if Gray does debut this season. Stephen Strasburg needed just 11 minor-league starts before he got the call to the majors and he's done pretty well since debuting. Gray has the same high-end potential and could easily breeze through the minors. 

If you asked me last week if Gray was worth drafting, I would say no way. But after hearing Monfort's comments, if you can afford a bench spot in deeper formats, Gray might just be worth the gamble.


Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler could 'potentially' debut late summer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Rockies chairman and CEO Dick Monfort was asked on Twitter Tuesday his thoughts on how soon Colorado fans can expect to see starting pitcher prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler in the majors. 

Monfort responded: "Gray and Butler could potentially be pitching at Coors Field by late summer."


Rockies will have 24 non-roster invites in spring camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) The Rockies announced Tuesday 24 players received non-roster invites to spring training. The roster breakdown is 12 pitchers, four infielders, two outfielders and six catchers.

The pitchers are Christian Bergman, Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Eddie Butler, Manny Corpas, Yohan Flande, Jonathan Gray, Pedro Hernandez, Chris Martin, Nick Masset, Scott Oberg and Josh Sullivan.

The four infielders are Paul Janish, Angelys Nina, Ben Paulsen and Rafael Ynoa. The two outfielders are Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler.

The six catchers are Ryan Casteel, Dustin Garneau, Matt McBride, Michael McKenry, Tom Murphy and Jackson Williams.

Gray, Butler and Murphy are among the team's top prospects.


Eddie Butler on track for early debut in 2014?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Troy Renck of The Denver Post suggests the reason the Rockies didn't acquire another arm to compete for the final spot in the team's rotation is the progress of prospect Eddie Butler. Renck wrote "that privately the Rockies want and need him to make an impact this season."

Renck also suggests Butler could be in the majors by May or early June. Butler is considered the Rockies' second-best prospect by Baseball America.

The 2012 first-round pick went 9-5 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 28 starts between two levels of Class A and Double-A last season. In two seasons in the minors, he is 16-6 with a 1.90 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. He is striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings and is allowing just 6.4 hits per nine innings.


Eddie Butler shines in first Double-A start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler tossed five scoreless innings in his Double-A debut.

Butler notched six strikeouts, and gave up only two hits during the game. Butler has moved through three levels this season, and has a 1.98 ERA in 23 starts. 


Eddie Butler's career off to great start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2013) Rockies starting pitcher prospect Eddie Butler is off to a great start for Class A Asheville. Through three starts, he's 1-0 with a 2.20 ERA and .127 opponents' batting average.

Butler has also struck out 17 and walked nine in 16 1/3 innings.

"I'm feeling pretty good working with [pitching] coach [Joey] Eischen on our mental approach and going after batters," Butler told MLB.com. "I'm trying to attack guys with fastballs and put guys away when I have the chance. If I miss my shot, the mindset is to go right back at them and try to get a ground ball."

Butler, who is a 2012 supplemental first-round draft pick, is 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 16 career outings (15 starts). Butler, who is considered the Rockies' 10th-best prospect by MLB.com, is striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings.