Eddie Butler was originally slated to start tonight for the Tulsa Drillers against the Midland Rockhounds but has been moved to Saturday’s game instead.
Coincidence? Probably. Franklin Morales is starting on Saturday afternoon as well and is certainly on his last leg in the Rockies rotation. Morales has had a rough month of May thus far, earning a record of 0-3 while giving up 21 earned runs in 26 innings.
Butler is dazzling in Double-A, sitting at a record of 4-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 total starts. Here’s what manager Walt Weiss said in an interview with The Denver Post about the teams number two prospect according to MLB.com.
“If he’s not, then he’s real close,” Weiss said. “I don’t think there’s a lot of development left. It’s just the experience of being here. That’s obviously what he lacks. But as far as developing a pitch or more command, I think the development is behind him.
So is Eddie Butler gearing up for his last start in the minors this season? One can hope. Colorado can’t be content with throwing Morales every fifth day and expected a win. Butler will surely give them the better chance to win now and moving forward.
If it is indeed his last start, we can make an educated guess that he will take Morales spot in the rotation and make his first big league start on Friday, June 6th against the Los Angeles Dodgers.