Eddie Butler selected to All-Star Futures Game

Former Grand Junction Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler was selected Wednesday to represent Colorado in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Futures Game.

The game, featuring up-and-coming minor leaguers, is played during the All-Star break, July 14 at Citi Field in New York. The All-Star game is July 16.

The 22-year-old right-hander is the No. 9-ranked prospect in the Rockies’ organization, and Butler is the only Colorado prospect selected for the game, which will pit the USA team against the World team.

Baseball America had Butler ranked as the Rockies’ No. 6 prospect entering this season.

After going 7-1 with a 2.13 ERA with the Rockies in Rookie ball, Butler started this season at Class A Asheville, going 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA.

In late May, he moved up to Class A Advanced Modesto, where he’s 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA entering Wednesday’s game, which he was scheduled to start. He has 34 strikeouts and nine walks in 34 innings with Modesto.

The Futures Game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and online at MLB.com.

Roling an All-Star

Central High School graduate Kiel Roling, who plays for Double-A Tulsa in the Rockies’ system, went 0 for 2 in Wednesday’s Texas League All-Star Game.

Roling, who plays first base for the Drillers, was the North team’s designated hitter. The South team won 6-0.

Roling is hitting .266 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI for Tulsa, which won the North Division’s first-half title.

Oberg finishes no-no

Butler’s teammate at Modesto and Grand Junction, Scott Oberg, threw the final inning of the Nuts’ combined no-hitter Monday night, 2-0 over San Jose.

Dan Winkler (10-2) threw seven hitless innings, walking three and striking out seven. Nelson Gonzalez was perfect in the eighth and Oberg retired the side in order in the ninth.

It wasn’t without a scare, though. The final batter of the game, San Jose’s Brock Bond, lined a ball up the middle that hit Oberg on the foot.

It caromed to first baseman Harold Riggins, who fielded the ball and tossed to Oberg, who recovered quickly to beat Bonds to the bag to preserve the first-no hitter in the Nuts’ nine-year history.


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