Righthander Eddie Butler has impressed scouts who have seen him at two different Class A levels this year. Now he’s headed for a third stop, as the Rockies have promoted him to Double-A Tulsa for the last month of the season.
Butler, 22, had no problem handling the hitter-friendly conditions of the high Class A California League, where he finished with a 2.92 ERA, 8.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 67 2/3 innings after starting the year in the low Class A South Atlantic League. Butler rides a lively power fastball that parks in the mid-90s and can elevate up to 99 mph, a pitch he can use to miss bats or get hitters to slap into the ground.
Butler showed flashes with his secondary pitches coming into the year but they’ve taken a step forward this year, including a hard slider that he can use as a finishing pitch and a firm but hard-sinking changeup with sharp horizontal movement when it’s on. The stuff is there for Butler to be a frontline starting pitcher.