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31 Eddie Butler SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/180 | Birthdate: 3/13/1991 | Birthplace: Chesapeake, VA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 12/0 | Average Draft Position: 221.49
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Eddie Butler recalled from rehab, optioned to Double-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler was recalled from his rehab assignment Saturday and immediately optioned to Double-A Tulsa, MLB.com reports.

"It's just giving him time to get sharp," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's been out for awhile. He's had a couple of rehab starts, but we're just giving him time to get everything in order, then he'll be ready to come back and help us. We want to make sure he's sharp and ready to go into a Major League game and succeed. He's a very young pitcher. He's only made one Major League start. We want to make sure he's in position to succeed."

Butler surrendered six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings during a rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs Friday. Weiss added Saturday that Butler won't necessarily pitch at Colorado Springs before returning to the majors.


Eddie Butler logs four innings in rehab debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler began a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Modesto.

Butler allowed three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings of work. He will likely make two rehab starts before rejoining the team July 22. His final rehab start would take place July 17 at Triple-A. 


Eddie Butler to make his first rehab start Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler will make his first rehab start Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Butler is attempting to come back from a shoulder issue. His first start will come at Class A Modesto. He's set to throw about 60 pitches. The club wants Butler to make two rehab starts before rejoining the team July 22. His final rehab start would take place July 17 at Triple-A. 


Eddie Butler feels great following simulated game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler felt great after tossing a simulated game Tuesday, according to the Denver Post

Butler tossed 55 pitches during the outing. He was able to throw all his pitches, including breaking balls. Following the session, Butler said he felt great, and was not in pain. He's attempting to come back from a shoulder issue. 


Eddie Butler gets through batting practice without issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler reported no setbacks following a 35-pitch live batting practice session Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Butler faced fellow injured Rockies player Carlos Gonzalez in the session, and was able to throw all of his pitches in the session. He did not take a break while doing so, an reported no issues with his right shoulder injury.

"He's pain-free and we're ready to amp him up and get him rolling," manager Walt Weiss said. "I think it won't be too long before we see him out there."

Butler will throw a 45-pitch simulated game next, and could go out on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter. 


Eddie Butler to throw batting practice Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Rockies starting pitcher Eddie Butler (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Saturday, according to MLB.com. He is expected to face Carlos Gonzalez (finger) during the batting practice session.

Eddie Butler to throw bullpen session Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler is expected to begin throwing off a mound Friday according to MLB.com, as he works his way back from weakness in his throwing shoulder.

Butler, who was cleared to begin throwing Monday after doing strengthening exercises for a few weeks, will move up to 150-foot long toss Thursday. He is expected to throw a few bullpen sessions over the next week, and the plan is to have him facing hitters by the time the team returns from a road trip next Thursday. 


Eddie Butler to resume throwing Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Rockies starting pitcher Eddie Butler (shoulder) has been cleared to begin throwing again Monday, per MLB.com.

"They've been punishing me with exercise," Butler said laughing. "No, they're just running me through all the strengthening for the chest, back, scaps and all that shoulder stuff. I was doing a good number of them, but not all the stuff I'm doing now. So there's definitely some extra stuff that I haven't done before."


Rockies slow Eddie Butler's rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The Rockies have slowed the rehab of pitcher Eddie Butler, MLB.com reports.

"Everything looks good; he's feeling good; he's pain-free," head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Wednesday. "We're just going to probably back off another 4-5 days on his throwing, and pick it up maybe on the weekend playing catch again."

Butler threw 10 pitches off the slope of the mound Monday, but he sought a second opinion on his injury and has decided to take a few days off before restarting his throwing program. The rookie is working his way back from a shoulder injury.


Eddie Butler at least two weeks away from returning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Rockies starting pitcher Eddie Butler (shoulder) will throw from a mound Monday, trainer Keith Dugger said Sunday. Dugger added it won't be a full bullpen session, per The Denver Post.

"He's pain-free. No issues," Dugger said of Butler, who is at least two weeks away from returning.


Eddie Butler could throw from 90 feet Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler continues to work on strengthening his shoulder and remains hopeful of being cleared for long toss from 90 feet, according to MLB.com. Butler could be soon cleared for a minor-league rehab assignment once his shoulder is at full strength.

Eddie Butler to rest five days before throwing again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler received some good news Tuesday, as an MRI taken on his right shoulder showed no structural damage.

According to MLB.com, Butler has been prescribed five days of rest before he resumes throwing.  He will then begin strengthening the shoulder before going out on a minor-league rehab assignment, with a timeline for a return to the majors not yet revealed. 


Rockies place Eddie Butler on disabled list with rotator cuff issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) The Rockies placed rookie pitcher Eddie Butler on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Butler made his major-league debut Saturday, giving up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, and quickly became the fourth Colorado starting pitcher to hit the disabled list. The team also placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list Monday, giving them eight players on the DL with injuries.


Dodgers' bats spoil Eddie Butler's debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler's MLB debut didn't go quite as well as hoped Friday, as he fell to the Dodgers, 7-2.

The team's top prospect had trouble keeping the Dodgers off the basepaths throughout the game, allowing 10 hits and three walks in five-plus innings of work. The Dodgers scored six runs on Butler, including at least one in four separate innings, before he was pulled with two outs in the sixth.

Butler threw 53 of 87 pitches for strikes in the outing, and didn't have much luck fooling Dodgers hitters. He struck out just two batters while recording only four swinging strikes.

Butler stepped into the rotation after Franklin Morales' demotion, so he should get another chance. His next turn in the rotation is set for Wednesday against the Braves. 


Eddie Butler officially gets the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler was officially called up Friday.

Butler was expected to come up to start, so the move was expected. Butler has posted a 2.49 ERA over 68 2/3 innings in Triple-A. He'll take on the Dodgers at home for his first start.


Eddie Butler could succeed, even without strikeouts


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/4/2014) The Rockies will reportedly make Eddie Butler the latest in a trickle of high-profile prospects to get the call, as he is now scheduled to make his major league debut this Friday against the Dodgers.

Fantasy owners may be disappointed to see that Butler has managed a mere 5.2 strikeouts per nine innings at Double-A Tulsa this season, but it's not as if he had been blistering the lower minors with eye-popping strikeout rates. That doesn't mean that the hard-throwing Butler won't have Fantasy value, though, as he possesses great control and mild ground ball tendencies.

That gives Butler a profile similar to that of Nathan Eovaldi, but he clearly won't have the benefit of a pitcher-friendly home park like Marlins Park. Butler's debut not only comes at Coors Field but against a tough opponent in the Dodgers. He's not a safe play in his first daily league appearance, but Butler could have some mixed league appeal down the road if he can show that he can handle his home park.


Top prospect Eddie Butler to get the call


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) The Rockies will call top pitching prospect Eddie Butler up to join the rotation this week, according to the Denver Post.

Butler will join the rotation beginning Friday against the Dodgers, after Franklin Morales was demoted to a bullpen role. The team's top pitching prospect was ranked 24th in the majors by Baseball America entering the season, and has a 2.49 in 68 2/3 innings of work at Double-A Tulsa this season. 


Eddie Butler tosses shutout over seven innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Rockies pitching prospect Eddie Butler tossed a seven-inning shutout Wednesday.

Butler allowed six hits and one walk during the appearance. He struck out four batters. Butler has impressed at Double-A thus far, posting a 2.98 ERA over 51 1/3 innings. There's a chance he works his way up to the major-league roster later in the year. 


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.