Butler called up to bigs, will join rotation Friday

The only question was when, not if, Eddie Butler would be summoned to Denver.

When is Friday.

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss confirmed after Tuesday night’s game that Butler, in only his third year in professional baseball, will start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Franklin Morales has been moved to the Rockies’ bullpen.

“He’s a talented kid. We’ve heard a lot about him and (are) anticipating his arrival at the big-league level, and we’ll see him Friday night,” Weiss said during his post-game press conference. “He’s a young kid with a big arm, and there’s a lot of on-the-job training to be done for anybody, but certainly a young, very talented kid, and I think he’ll give us a boost.”

Butler is the first Grand Junction Rockies alum to be called up to the majors.

Only two years ago, Butler was a bit of a surprise choice with the Rockies’ supplemental first-round draft pick out of Radford University. He quickly showed he belonged, becoming a 2012 Pioneer League All-Star for the GJ Rockies in their inaugural season and moving quickly through the minor leagues.

After going 7-1 with a Pioneer League-best 2.13 ERA (55 strikeouts, 13 walks) in Grand Junction, Butler started last season in Class A Asheville. After nine games (5-1, 1.57 ERA), he moved up to Class A Advanced Modesto, where he went 3-4 with a 2.39 ERA.

He finished last season in Double-A Tulsa after playing in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game during the All-Star break.

Butler is 4-4 with Tulsa this season, with a 2.49 ERA. In 68 2/3 innings, he has 40 strikeouts and 19 walks, with teams hitting .238 against him.

On May 25, Butler threw seven scoreless innings in Tulsa’s 2-1 win over Midland, allowing five hits, with no runner getting past second. He went 22 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run until his start Saturday against Midland, when he allowed three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings.


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