Some publications hyped Eddie Butler to nearly the same level as Jon Gray when the two were working their way through the Rockies system, so it's a wonder he didn't get more looks in Fantasy when he won a job in spring training. Or maybe not. He had already had an uninspiring debut in 2014, striking out three over 16 innings in three starts, and for as hard as he throws, the strikeouts were suspiciously lacking in the minors as well. Rockies pitching prospects have a hard enough time surviving Coors Field when they come fully developed. It's no place for on-the-job-learning, and Butler's shaky peripherals would suggest he's still fine-tuning his arsenal. Predictably, he didn't last a full season in the majors, and unless he's lights out the spring, you'll want to pass on him again.
The Rockies optioned pitcher Eddie Butler to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. Butler was 3-10 with a 5.90 ERA in 16 starts and struggled in Thursday's start. The Rockies are expected to recall David Hale to start in Butler's place on Tuesday, per the Denver Post.
Rockies starter Eddie Butler arrived on the mound Thursday having lost four straight decisions. Wielding the bats against him were the torrid Mets. His bullpen was in shambles. One could have predicted the outcome - and one would have been right. Butler was mashed for six runs on seven hits in four innings, then the relievers were clobbered as well in a 12-3 rout. Butler, who walked one and fanned four, blew a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI doubles by David Murphy, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. Another run-scoring double by Johnson and two-run homer by Curtis Granderson sent Butler to the showers and all but assured that his record would be lowered to 3-10. The right-hander has given up a whopping 29 earned runs in his last 30 1/3 innings to send his ERA skyrocketing to 5.90.
Rockies starter Eddie Butler dropped to 3-9 with a loss to Washington on Saturday. Butler dropped his fourth straight decision. His last win was on May 30. Butler allowed four runs on nine hits, the most hits he's allowed in a start since May 25. He walked four and struck out two. After allowing five home runs in his previous two outings, Butler didn't give up a homer.
Rockies starters Yohan Flande and Eddie Butler have been flip-flopped in the rotation after the former was forced into a relief appearance Wednesday, per MLB.com. Butler has been moved up to Saturday in Washington with Flande going Sunday instead. "Having the off-day [Thursday] allowed us to rearrange it a little bit," Walt Weiss said.
Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler struggled from the first inning on during Monday's 8-7 loss to the Mariners. Butler gave up four runs in the first inning en route to seven runs on seven hits over four innings of work. He surrendered back-to-back home runs to Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz in the second inning and another to Brad Miller in the third. He also struck out two and walked one. Butler is now 3-8 with a 5.45 ERA. He is winless in his last four starts and has one quality start in those outings.