Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eddie Butler Scouting Report (RHP, Rockies)

Eddie Butler


Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 180 lb.
Twitter:  @Butler4Life
Draft: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (46th pick) of the 2012 amateur draft.
Born: 3/13/1991

Eddie Butler Stats

Scouting Report:

3 Year Career Minor League Stats: 22-16, 2.64 ERA, 267 K, 334.1 IP

2015 Game Log


Eddie Butler had a great 3 years in the minors, posting a 2.64 ERA and reached the Top 20 overall on on MLB prospects lists after the 2013 season.  His incredible season earned him a spot in the Future's Game where he happened to strike out Xander Bogaerts on all 3 of his pitches, a fastball that sits at 93-95 mph (and touches 97 mph), a slider, and a changeup.

Despite the dominant 2013 performance, Butler took a step back last year at A+, AA, and AAA, where he posted a 6-10 record with a 4.00 ERA, only 69 K in 117 IP, and 37 BB.  He had dropped drastically from 8.6 K/9 to 5.3 K/9.

Yesterday, Butler started for the Rockies and had an interesting line.  In 5.1 innings, he allowed 0 runs, but gave up 5 hits, struck out only 1, and walked 6 guys.  He basically pitched from the stretch the entire outing.

Butler is trying to get back to his 2013 form but despite the 0 runs allowed, this outing concerned me.  He just didn't miss many bats, which is trouble pitching for Colorado.  Of his 93 pitches, 37 were swung at, but only 6 swings missed.  That's a whiff/swing rate of 16%.  His fastball ranged from 93 - 96 mph and he can throw it two different ways: a two seamer which tails more, and a four seamer which rises more.  He threw them both about equally, and for most of his pitches, but his control was lacking.

What it comes down to, in my opinion, is working on the secondary pitches and knowing how to mix them properly, as well as harnessing control.  At the lower minor league levels, a 95 mph heater is enough.  At the Major League level, it isn't.  It will be interesting to see him develop, and hopefully he regains his form from 2013, but don't get over-excited about his 5.1 shutout innings.

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