Eddie Butler (baseball)

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Eddie Butler
Colorado Rockies – No. 31
Born: (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 24)
Chesapeake, Virginia
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 6, 2014 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 1–1
Earned run average 6.75
Strikeouts 3

Timothy Edward Butler (born March 13, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Butler was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 35th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. He did not sign and attended Radford University. He was then drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He signed with the Rockies, receiving a $1 million signing bonus.[2]

In 2012, Butler was a Pioneer League All-Star after going 7–1 with a 2.13 earned run average (ERA) and 55 strikeouts.[3][4] Butler began the 2013 season with the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League, but after making nine starts for Asheville, he was promoted to the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League.[5] He was named to appear in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game,[6] where he pitched an inning without allowing a run.[7] Butler made six starts for the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League to conclude the season.[2]

The Rockies invited Butler to spring training in 2014.[8] They assigned him to Tulsa to start the 2014 season,[9] and he started Tulsa's season opener.[10] After he pitched to a 2.49 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 19 walks in 68 23 innings pitched, the Rockies promoted Butler to the major leagues for his debut on June 6.[11] He recorded a loss in his first start, pitching 513innings and giving up 6 runs on 10 hits.[12] He was placed on the disabled-list before his next scheduled start with right shoulder inflammation, and he was replaced by Tyler Matzek, who would be the third starting pitcher to debut for the Rockies in six days, along with Butler and Christian Bergman.[13]


  1. ^ "Rockies add college righty Butler at No. 46". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Callis, Jim (May 24, 2013). "Pipeline Perspectives: Jon Gray and Eddie Butler give Rockies top duo of pitching prospects | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Smith, Daren (August 25, 2012). "Selman, Dahl top Pioneer All-Stars". Milb.com. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mustangs put 2 on Pioneer League all-star team". Billingsgazette.com. August 25, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lee, David (May 25, 2013). "Rockies prospect Eddie Butler gets quick promotion | The Augusta Chronicle". Chronicle.augusta.com. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rockies prospect Eddie Butler's rapid rise leads to Futures Game | Rockies.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. June 26, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rockies prospect Eddie Butler pitched a scoreless inning at the Futures Game | Rockies.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. July 14, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Prospects Eddie Butler, Jon Gray among Colorado Rockies' invitees | Rockies.com: News". Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Barry Lewis: Top prospects Jon Gray, Eddie Butler to start season with Drillers – Tulsa World: Tulsa World Sports Extra". Tulsa World. March 30, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top prospect Eddie Butler, Drillers set for season opener – Tulsa World: Tulsa World Sports Extra". Tulsa World. April 3, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Seiner, Jake. "Rockies call up Butler to make start Friday | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gordon's 2 triples lead Dodgers past Rockies 7-2". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (June 12, 2014). "Matzek savors victory after tough road to bigs". MLB.com. 

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