Catching Up, Aug. 10, 2013

Editor’s note: Each week this summer, The Daily Sentinel will catch up with some of the 2012 Grand Junction Rockies who have moved up the organizational ladder, updating how their seasons are going. To check on your favorite former GJ Rockies player, go to coloradorockies.com and click on the “Roster” link, then go to “Affiliates/Pipeline.”

Eddie Butler, P, Double-A Tulsa

One of the Rockies’ fastest-rising prospects, Butler said when he moved from Class A Asheville to Class A Advanced Modesto earlier this season that he had his eye on Tulsa, if not this season, in 2014.

Last Sunday, Colorado’s No. 3 prospect behind former GJ Rockies Jon Gray and David Dahl, according to MLB.com, made his Double-A debut for the Drillers, and impressed his new club. He threw five scoreless innings against Northwest Arkansas, allowing only two hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Butler threw only 54 pitches in those five innings, 41 strikes, and left with a 1-0 lead.

The Drillers won 3-2 in 11 innings.

He made his second start Saturday night at home against Frisco, allowing three hits in five scoreless innings with no walks and six strikeouts. His numbers this season for three clubs: 8-5, 1.91 ERA in 24 games, 132 innings pitched. He has 130 strikeouts and 46 walks, and teams are hitting a combined .186 against him.

Butler, who was the Rockies’ first-round compensatory pick in the 2012 draft, was selected to pitch in the Futures Game during Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities.

Last summer in Grand Junction, Butler made the Pioneer League All-Star team, led the league in ERA (2.13) and opponent batting average (.230) and tied for third in wins (7).

Jose Briceno, C, Class A Asheville: Briceno was told one week ago he was being promoted to Asheville from Grand Junction. He flew out Monday and was behind home plate Tuesday night for the Tourists, the first of three straight games. He had one hit in each game and has driven in two runs. Including 10 games at Asheville before he was assigned to Rookie ball, Briceno is hitting .295 for the Tourists. Overall, Briceno is hitting .320 this season with seven home runs, 18 doubles and 29 RBI.

Around the minors: Daniel Stumpf, who pitched for San Jacinto (Texas) College-North in the 2012 JUCO World Series and was the tournament’s outstanding pitcher, has a 10-7 record for Lexington (Kansas City) in the Class A South Atlantic League. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefty is seventh in the league with a 2.85 ERA and has 101 strikeouts and 42 walks in 117 innings. He’s made 21 starts and thrown three complete games. … Marty Gantt, who played for Spartanburg Methodist in the 2009 JUCO World Series, earning all-tournament honors and the Homa Thomas Sportsmanship award, is hitting .264 for Bowling Green (Tampa Bay) in the Class A Midwest League. Gantt, an outfielder, was born with shortened fingers on his right hand, a result of the umbilical cord being wrapped around his hand and not allowing his fingers to fully develop. After Spartanburg, Gantt played at the College of Charleston. He has seven home runs and 49 RBI for the Hot Rods.


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