Colorado Rockies number two prospect according to MLB.com in Eddie Butler had a rough Major League debut facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. He ended up picking up his first Major League loss as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers, 7-2 at Coors Field.
Butler had some ups-and-downs in his debut but couldn’t seem to keep Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon off the base paths. Gordon went 3-for-4 against Butler, collecting two triples and three RBI’s. Eddie was efficient at throwing strikes as his pitch-count was relatively low but ran into some trouble late.
Butler finished the night throwing 5.1 innings, giving up ten hits, six runs, six earned, three walks, and two strikeouts. It will only get better from this point on but it sure was a tough lineup for the guy to face in his Major League debut.
Butler did have some success however against Dodgers clean-up hitter Yasiel Puig. Butler would strike out Puig twice, once on a changeup in the dirt and the other time on a fastball that looked inside. Regardless, it was a good confidence builder for him striking out one of the top hitters in the league.
Butler is projected to make his next big league start Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves.