In an effort to give the club a spark, the Rockies will call up one of their top prospects, Eddie Butler, later this week – according to my sources.
The No. 33 ranked prospect in Major League Baseball will likely make his first career start against the Dodgers on Friday in the place of Franklin Morales.
Morales has lost his last three decisions and struggled in his two most recent starts, giving up 11 earned runs in just ten innings of work.
Butler, a hard-throwing right handed pitcher, was just 4-4 for Colorado’s AA affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, this season. But he also maintained a 2.49 earned run average. He works with a mid-90’s fastball (has reportedly hit 99 mph) and a slider as well as a change-up and curveball.
He was selected in the first round – 46thoverall – by the Rockies in the 2012 Amateur Draft out of Radford University.
The Rockies lost seven of nine games on their most recent roadtrip and sit at 28-28 overall. They are 8.5 games out of first place in the National League West – and made this move with a sense of urgency and confidence in Butler.