Eddie Butler bio
Player: Timothy ‘Eddie’ Butler
Jersey Number: 46
School: Radford (Va.) University
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
Height, Weight: 6-2, 175
Best Baseball Memory: Winning the Cape Cod League championship.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Big South Pitcher of the Year.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Greg Maddux, because of his control and movement, how he was successful without the velocity.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Parents/grandparents, for their continued support. Gary Lavelle. He has taught me since I was 9 years old in pitching.
Favorite Food: Chicken wings.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Chicken sandwich.
Off-field hobbies: Four-wheeling, hunting.
Favorite Movie or Book: “Law Abiding Citizen.”
Eddie Butler has loved baseball since he was a little boy.
“Baseball has always been my sport,” he said. “When I was little, my dad put a baseball in my hand. I started throwing a little foam ball when I was 4 years old. He coached me through tee ball. Work started taking over for him. I started playing for other teams, which is a good thing. I wasn’t the daddy star player. It wasn’t like I had special treatment.”
Butler had trouble finding a fit for him in high school, but he was persistent.
“I went to a public high school my freshman year and barely played,” Butler said. “I got 20 innings total, 11 pitching. My sophomore year, I transferred out and went to Atlantic Shores Christian School. I had a good time there and played a lot, but the team wasn’t into it as much as I was. I transferred to Greenbrier Christian Academy and won two consecutive state titles there.”
The Greenbrier Christian coach, Gary Lavelle, was Butler’s pitching coach since he was 9 years old.
“I was short-tempered (in high school),” Butler said. “Some people have helped me out with that, showing me when it’s not going your way, don’t worry about it. Your time will come.”
Butler was drafted out of high school, but he had a conflict in his contract negotiations and went to Radford (Va.) University.
“It turned out to be a much better deal for me to go to college to get bigger and stronger,” Butler said. “I’m still not big, but compared to 6-2, 145 pounds…”
Butler put on an additional 30 pounds in college.
The 21-year-old right-hander was 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 98 innings in 14 starts this spring for Radford. He was selected the Big South Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year and had another year left of college, but he chose to begin his professional career. He was the 46th overall pick.
“It’s awesome to get this opportunity,” Butler said. “I heard this is a good place to play. It’s a little bit of a hitter’s park, but if you can have success here, it’s probably equal to Coors Field.”