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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 27)
29.3 4.98 1.42 22 2 2 0 0.0
Birth Date3-13-1991
Height6' 2"
Weight180 lbs
Age27 years, 0 months, 4 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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2014 COL MLB 3 3 16.0 1 1 0 23 7 3 2 .269 125 12.9 3.9 1.1 1.7 56% .328 .315 1.88 5.66 6.75 117 7.42 181.9 -0.5
2015 COL MLB 16 16 79.3 3 10 0 102 42 44 13 .262 107 11.6 4.8 1.5 5.0 51% .333 .328 1.82 5.92 5.90 119 6.69 156.3 -1.5
2016 COL MLB 17 9 64.0 2 5 0 87 21 47 13 .266 108 12.2 3.0 1.8 6.6 48% .354 .307 1.69 5.48 7.17 104 6.56 145.1 -1.0
2017 CHN MLB 13 11 54.7 4 3 0 50 28 30 4 .259 98 8.2 4.6 0.7 4.9 45% .266 .259 1.43 4.67 3.95 124 7.41 157.7 -1.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2012 GJR Rk 13 12 67.7 7 1 0 59 13 55 1 .273 110 7.8 1.7 0.1 7.3 60% .286 .202 1.06 3.56 2.13 74 1.90 81.1
2013 ASH A 9 9 54.3 5 1 0 25 25 51 2 .260 109 4.1 4.1 0.3 8.4 76% .172 .193 0.92 3.62 1.66 88 3.16 96.3
2013 MOD A+ 13 13 67.7 3 4 0 58 21 67 7 .277 88 7.7 2.8 0.9 8.9 49% .280 .243 1.17 4.14 2.39 85 2.61 90.2
2013 TUL AA 6 6 27.7 1 0 0 13 6 25 0 .261 104 4.2 2.0 0.0 8.1 58% .188 .153 0.69 2.00 0.65 76 2.42 83.2
2014 COL MLB 3 3 16.0 1 1 0 23 7 3 2 .269 125 12.9 3.9 1.1 1.7 56% .328 .315 1.88 5.66 6.75 117 7.42 181.9
2014 MOD A+ 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 .259 105 4.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 36% .143 .236 1.00 4.23 6.75 107 5.62 109.0
2014 TUL AA 18 18 108.0 6 9 0 104 32 63 10 .256 98 8.7 2.7 0.8 5.2 47% .274 .262 1.26 4.10 3.58 111 6.12 114.9
2014 CSP AAA 1 1 5.3 0 1 0 8 3 4 0 .276 86 13.5 5.1 0.0 6.8 58% .421 .300 2.06 3.88 10.12 101 3.75 95.1
2015 COL MLB 16 16 79.3 3 10 0 102 42 44 13 .262 107 11.6 4.8 1.5 5.0 51% .333 .328 1.82 5.92 5.90 119 6.69 156.3
2015 ABQ AAA 11 11 63.3 2 6 0 71 25 37 6 .267 112 10.1 3.6 0.9 5.3 54% .314 .281 1.52 4.98 5.40 103 4.52 104.4
2016 COL MLB 17 9 64.0 2 5 0 87 21 47 13 .266 108 12.2 3.0 1.8 6.6 48% .354 .307 1.69 5.48 7.17 104 6.56 145.1
2016 ABQ AAA 15 15 89.0 8 3 0 93 26 35 9 .263 118 9.4 2.6 0.9 3.5 50% .271 .252 1.34 5.12 4.45 118 7.72 123.7
2017 CHN MLB 13 11 54.7 4 3 0 50 28 30 4 .259 98 8.2 4.6 0.7 4.9 45% .266 .259 1.43 4.67 3.95 124 7.41 157.7
2017 IOW AAA 8 8 45.7 2 0 0 49 12 30 1 .259 99 9.7 2.4 0.2 5.9 45% .329 .251 1.34 3.61 2.17 106 5.80 111.8

Plate Discipline

2014 254 0.4409 0.4685 0.8908 0.7054 0.2817 0.8987 0.8750 0.1092
2015 1393 0.4602 0.4401 0.8336 0.6365 0.2726 0.9020 0.6976 0.1664
2016 1073 0.4520 0.4567 0.8082 0.6351 0.3095 0.9058 0.6429 0.1918
2017 921 0.4669 0.4615 0.8235 0.6860 0.2648 0.8983 0.6538 0.1765

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-07 2014-07-20 15-DL 43 37 Left Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff -


Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $
2016 COL $
2015 COL $509,500
1 yrPrevious$509,500
1 yrTotal$509,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 141 dSteve Canter1 year (2017)

  • 1 year (2017). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Colorado 2/1/17. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Colorado 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5095M (2015). Re-signed by Colorado 3/6/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Colorado 6/6/14.
  • Drafted by Colorado 2012 (1s-46) (Radford). $1M signing bonus ($1.1077M slot).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 2.1 1.7 0 11 6 43.7 37 15 33 6 .249 1.18 3.91 4.06 3.7 0.4
80o 2 1.8 0 11 6 38.5 35 14 29 5 .261 1.26 4.26 4.44 2.6 0.3
70o 2 1.8 0 11 6 34.9 33 13 26 5 .270 1.32 4.53 4.73 1.7 0.2
60o 1.9 1.9 0 11 6 31.9 31 12 24 5 .277 1.37 4.76 4.97 1.0 0.1
50o 1.9 2 0 11 6 29.2 30 12 22 4 .285 1.42 4.98 5.2 0.3 0.0
40o 1.9 2 0 11 6 26.5 28 11 20 4 .292 1.47 5.21 5.44 -0.4 -0.0
30o 1.8 2.1 0 11 6 23.7 26 10 18 4 .299 1.52 5.45 5.69 -1.2 -0.1
20o 1.8 2.2 0 11 6 20.5 23 9 15 3 .308 1.59 5.73 6 -2.1 -0.2
10o 1.7 2.3 0 11 6 16.2 20 8 12 3 .321 1.69 6.13 6.42 -3.4 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.92011628.72912214.2831.414.965.180.40.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Shawn Hill 2008 6.68
2 88 Nick Tepesch 2016 11.25
3 88 Casey Coleman 2015 0.00 DNP
4 87 John Koronka 2008 0.00 DNP
5 86 Burke Badenhop 2010 4.52
6 86 Jason Hirsh 2009 0.00 DNP
7 85 Darrell Rasner 2008 5.88
8 85 David Buchanan 2016 0.00 DNP
9 84 Carlos Frias 2017 0.00 DNP
10 84 Ben Hendrickson 2008 0.00 DNP
11 84 Clay Hensley 2007 7.20
12 84 Joe Saunders 2008 3.73
13 84 Mike Montgomery 2017 3.58
14 84 Joe Biagini 2017 5.87
15 84 Ross Stripling 2017 3.75
16 84 Matt Belisle 2007 5.62
17 84 Justin Germano 2010 3.82
18 83 Trevor Bell 2014 67.50
19 83 Nick Blackburn 2009 4.51
20 83 Albert Suarez 2017 5.12
21 83 Jim Johnson 2010 3.76
22 83 Taylor Jungmann 2017 13.50
23 83 Josh Collmenter 2013 3.33
24 82 Josh Rupe 2010 5.59
25 82 Kyle Gibson 2015 4.07
26 82 Sean O'Sullivan 2015 6.21
27 82 Brian Bannister 2008 6.26
28 82 Josh Outman 2012 8.19
29 82 Jeremy Sowers 2010 0.00 DNP
30 82 Chad Qualls 2006 3.86
31 82 Anthony Ranaudo 2017 0.00 DNP
32 82 Brad Halsey 2008 0.00 DNP
33 81 Kason Gabbard 2009 0.00 DNP
34 81 Sean Burnett 2010 2.43
35 81 Sean Douglass 2006 0.00 DNP
36 81 Sean Henn 2008 7.71
37 81 Anthony Swarzak 2013 3.19
38 81 Troy Patton 2013 4.18
39 81 Zach Miner 2009 4.78
40 81 Nathan Adcock 2015 6.00
41 81 Brad Bergesen 2013 0.00 DNP
42 81 David Phelps 2014 4.86
43 81 Bryan Bullington 2008 5.52
44 81 Allen Webster 2017 0.00 DNP
45 81 Kyle Lobstein 2017 0.00 DNP
46 81 Brian Bass 2009 5.42
47 81 Gustavo Chacin 2008 0.00 DNP
48 80 Brandon Claussen 2006 6.55
49 80 Erik Johnson 2017 0.00 DNP
50 80 Jeanmar Gomez 2015 3.50
51 80 Lucas Harrell 2012 4.18
52 80 Chris Heston 2015 4.15
53 80 Josh Hall 2008 0.00 DNP
54 80 Stephen Fife 2014 6.00
55 80 Kyle Drabek 2015 5.06
56 80 Michael Roth 2017 0.00 DNP
57 80 Chris Rusin 2014 7.11
58 80 Nick Regilio 2006 0.00 DNP
59 80 Sergio Mitre 2008 0.00 DNP
60 80 Dustin Moseley 2009 4.91
61 80 Justin Fitzgerald 2013 0.00 DNP
62 79 Brian Stokes 2007 6.93
63 79 Adam Warren 2015 3.49
64 79 Jose Alvarez 2016 4.87
65 79 Zack Godley 2017 3.54
66 79 Kameron Loe 2009 0.00 DNP
67 79 Jeff Karstens 2010 5.28
68 79 A.J. Schugel 2016 3.81
69 79 Mike Parisi 2010 0.00 DNP
70 79 Gregory Ross 2017 0.00 DNP
71 79 Andre Rienzo 2016 0.00 DNP
72 79 Chris Bassitt 2016 6.43
73 79 Gus Schlosser 2016 0.00 DNP
74 79 J.D. Martin 2010 5.62
75 79 Joseph Colon 2017 0.00 DNP
76 79 Doug Mathis 2010 6.04
77 79 Jacob deGrom 2015 2.78
78 79 Cha Seung Baek 2007 5.52
79 79 D.J. Mitchell 2014 0.00 DNP
80 79 Jeff Samardzija 2012 4.07
81 79 Mike Thompson 2008 0.00 DNP
82 79 J.A. Happ 2010 3.81
83 79 Jose Capellan 2008 4.50
84 79 Alex Colome 2016 1.91
85 79 Billy Traber 2007 4.99
86 78 Glen Perkins 2010 7.06
87 78 Warwick Saupold 2017 5.31
88 78 Bobby Livingston 2010 0.00 DNP
89 78 Taylor Jordan 2016 0.00 DNP
90 78 Eric Hacker 2010 0.00 DNP
91 78 Brad Knox 2009 0.00 DNP
92 78 Phil Dumatrait 2009 7.62
93 78 Jose De Paula 2015 2.70
94 78 Mitch Talbot 2011 6.64
95 78 Brent Suter 2017 3.64
96 78 Mike Wright 2017 5.76
97 78 Joe Kelly 2015 5.09
98 78 Anthony Fernandez 2017 0.00 DNP
99 78 Jason Davis 2007 6.57
100 78 Luke French 2013 0.00 DNP


10 vs L (Multi) .330 .416 .567 .334
11 vs R (Multi) .324 .372 .549 .300
18 Split (Multi) .007 .044 .018 .034
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .308 .380 .514 .300
31 vs R (2016) .342 .382 .595 .312
38 Split (2016) -.033 -.002 -.081 -.013
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

2017 Sometimes, the first impression is the most accurate. Butler’s 2013 player comment, his first, reads: “Eddie Butler . . . pitched well in an offense-enhanced league in his debut, but he hasn't shown the ability to strike out batters despite good velocity and may eventually move to the bullpen.” Intermittent years saw his prospect status flourish and fade. He found the ability to strike batters out as a starter across three minor-league levels in 2013, but it disappeared shortly after that. Butler eventually added walks to his repertoire of problems, and when he did manage to stay in the zone he was extremely hittable. Butler’s fastball still sits in the mid-90s and it hasn't yet lost all of its life. If he can manage to get more whiffs from his slider, the secondary offering that still shows any promise, he really could be an effective arm out of the bullpen.
2016 We can't say for sure that the shoulder complications that set Butler back in 2014 directly robbed him of his stuff (he continued to complain about shoulder fatigue last spring), but his disastrous rookie season suggests something wasn't right. The fastball still sat in the mid-90s but with diminished life. The slider lost bite. The changeup—his money pitch as a prospect—fooled nobody in the majors. Among changeups thrown at least 200 times, Butler's had the seventh-lowest whiff rate and the highest line-drive rate, resulting in an absurd .404 True Average against the pitch. He struck out only two more batters than he walked and finished the season with a DRA that ranked third-to-last among pitchers who threw at least 70 innings. Youth and a strong groundball profile are points in his favor but none of that will matter if he can't miss more bats.
2015 Those enchanted by Butler's brilliant 2013 were probably destined for a small letdown. With his enduring, mid-90s fastball well established, Butler worked on sharpening his diverse repertoire in Tulsa and submitted to the Rockies' organizational groundball philosophy. He got the call-up in June, made one start, and then joined half the staff on the disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder. He returned in late September for two starts and flashed his fancy changeup, a pitch that touches the upper 80s and induces both whiffs and grounders. Butler will have plenty of time to break in his other toys—two breaking balls and an excellent cutter—and with time, should emerge as a mid-rotation force.
2014 Butler did wonders for his stock in 2013 as he tore through three leagues in his second professional season. Sampling Low-A, High-A and Double-A, Butler never posted an ERA above 2.50, struck out nearly a batter per inning at each level, and continued to roll up groundballs. His fastball is one of the best pitches in the Rockies' system, touching 99, and scouts suggest a future as a no. 2 starter. His curveball and changeupthe least of his three secondary pitcheswill be key to his development, and both periodically looked like major-league offerings in 2013.
2013 Eddie Butler, taken by the Rockies out of Vanderbilt in the supplemental first round last year, pitched well in an offense-enhanced league in his debut, but he hasn't shown the ability to strike out batters despite good velocity and may eventually move to the bullpen.

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BP Chats

2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Eloy Jimenez+Jeimar Candelario for Jose Quintana -- who says no? (Frazier to a third-team to get the cubbies some sweeteners, if necessary). I assume it would be the cubs who'd keep this from happening, but would that be stupid of them? I get that eloy is a potential superstar, but the cubs have dynasty potential and Q seems like an ideal addition... Am I nuts?
(nkunke1 from wherever)
I don't think the Cubs would make that deal, no. From their standpoint they enter the year sitting on four very high-quality starters already, and with okay options between Montgomery and Anderson vying for the 5 slot. Eddie Butler was a nice little pickup for depth. I think they roll as-is and adjust accordingly in-season if and when need arises.

Dubwise time! Lee Perry, at the height of early Black Ark experimentation, working over a peak Wailers cut, because the world is a dark place right now, and we need light: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-06-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Rockies still have a reputation of only drafting a certain... "type" of player or has that not been true for a while?
(Infrancoeurgible from Down and Away )
I could argue in 2015 that they were in the drivers seat, they were going to be happy with whichever SS they got.

Before that they've tried polished college arms (Christian Friedrich, Eddie Butler, Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray), projectable HS arms (Peter Tago, Tyler Matzek, Ryan Castellani, Ryan Warner) with more misses than hits. So I don't think they have a reputation of drafting just certain types of players. -Steve Givarz (Live Draft Chat)
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any hope for Eddie Butler this year? It wasn't long ago he was considered a potential #2.
(Greg from Virginia Beach)
I think we'd have to be happy if he's a back of the rotation guy now. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rockies are dead last in QS with only 36 in 106 GP. The only pitchers who have given them a 50% or better shot at a quality start are Chad Bettis (8/13 - hurt) and Chris Rusin (7/12 - free agent). Jon Gray looks like Eddie Butler 2.0. Other recent top picks Kyle Freeland and Tyler Anderson can't stay healthy. Please give me some reason to hope that the Rockies pitching won't be as terrible next season.
(matzabal from Denver)
Man, I dunno if I can do that. I wouldn't be so quick to give up on Gray just yet (or Butler, for that matter). Even with diminished stuff since his college days I think Gray can still be a solid enough Major League starter, at least in a neutral context. Butler's shoulder issues seem uncomfortably Bedardian, and I think they have contributed a good bit to his stalled development. Always going to be awfully tough for them to lure FA hurlers there, and their best arm in the minors right now is either a recently drafted high schooler or Antonio Senzatela, who's 20 with a very good fastball but lagging secondaries. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Colorado pitchers and pitching prospects are severely down-graded in fantasy. Some formats allow for streaming, but deep leagues can't as easily. Thoughts on valuing Rockie young pitchers for fantasy? And in dynasty leagues do the younger pitchers get a boost due to hopefully getting traded? (Though they likely will never trade their good young pitching) Freeland wasn't even drafted in my NL dynasty 12tm, 37man rosters.
(Kevin Polovich from Plucky white utility guy)
I'm in the minority on the staff, but I really don't like them. Eddie Butler's ground ball profile makes him interesting, but pitching at altitude for half a season seems to wear these guys down. You can try to take the young guys with that rationale, but the problem is that if the Rockies are bad, they're not going to trade their young guys, and they probably need Cargo and Tulo to be healthy for 150 games to contend, which seems really unlikely. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Aaron Blair, Marco Gonzalez, and Braden Shipley? And will Eddie Butler ultimately be a starter? Thank you!
(Dennis from LA)
Shipley, gap, Butler, Blair, Gonzales. Way too early to write off Butler-- let's see how the breaking ball comes along. A RHP with a big time FB and a swing and miss quality CH is usually a good bet. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Three questions 1) Eddie Butler or Jon Gray (NL league, keeper)? 2) David Dahl or Ronald Taipa (yes I like Rockies haha)? 3) Would you rather your new girlfriend have a paw print tattoo or hazel eyes?
(Ronson from On the Scratches)
1) Gray, easy 2) Dahl, fairly easy 3) ... hazel eyes? What's bad about hazel eyes, other than the fact that they'll be drastically out-shined by mine own? (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)The Twins have left town and the Rockies have moved in. Trevor Story is just about the only player I have read anything about who is headed here and he hit .200 at Tulsa. Is there any chance that Eddie Butler or any of the kids from the 2014 Asheville team might start the season here?
(oldbopper from New Britain, CT)
I don't see those guys starting the season in New Britain, but I would be surprised if you didn't see Dahl, and possibly even McMahon in Double-A at some point this season. (Mark Anderson)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)What are the reports on Eddie Butler's injured shoulder? Is he still a top 25 prospect, even with his poor performance last season? Are you concerned about his k/9?
(Mike from Boulder, CO)
There's plenty of concern to go around with Butler right now. I got fairly encouraging reports on the health of his shoulder late in the year, but I'm not sure how much that means until he shows it on the bump in 2015. The stuff can be filthy at times, giving hope to improved strikeout rates and a return to the form that saw him ranked so highly in the past, but I wouldn't blame people for being extremely cautious with him at this point. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)what should my expectations be next year for rockies SP Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler?
(nbraun from DC)
Hopefully the Rockies let them go out of the gate. Both pitchers are immensely talented and have impact-type stuff. Gray moreso than Butler, as I think he can be a TOTR guy in fairly short order. Butler's stuff has regressed a bit, but I really like the profile, and assuming they are asked to miss bats, each has the chance to be a rotation stalwart. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whatever happened to Eddie Butler? I've been in love since he K'd Bogaerts at the Futures Game last year, but he seems to have vanished after his 1 MLB start this year...
(Scott from Boston)
As long as the Rockies allow him to miss bats, he'll be fine. Low #2 starter upside, but could settle in as a mid rotation guy. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Noah! Three of my top dudes -- Taijuan Walker, Eddie Butler and Rafael Montero -- going into the season have all been terrible to varying degrees. How confident are you in each three righting the ship and living up to their preseason expectations of ace, solid #2 and solid #3, respectively?
(Brian from NYC)
I guess out of those three players and projections, I'd feel best about Butler becoming a #2. The numbers might be iffy, but I like his stuff. If he can keep that sinking fastball down, he'll be alright. I'd be most concerned about Montero right now. He seems raw in that he's hardly used his secondary stuff thus far. (Noah Woodward)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Eddie Butler hasn't been striking guys out this year, has had injury issues, and hasn't performed well in general lately. Should Rockies fans be worried?
(Paul from Denver)
Butler still has some items left on his developmental agenda, and the contrast between last season's breakout and this season's break-in exemplify how quickly things can change for a pitching prospect with volatile mechanics. It is too early to worry, and he strikes me as the type of player that could take some time to iron out the wrinkles - contrast this to Jon Gray, who could move very quickly once the reigns are loosened. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a page that lists what questions/subjects each writer specializes in for their chats? And should I be looking to drop Eddie Butler or Danny Salazar in my Dynasty league?
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
Unfortunately not. Usually it's more straightforward but with the TINO crew we tend to dip into a few different realms. Everyone at BP wears all sorts of hats (#HatChat) but I can tell you that I tend to lean more on dynasty, prospects, and Chicago Baseball. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Robert Stephenson is missing a lot of bats, but the walks are a bit concerning. Thoughts on him projecting well in MLB?
(Nordub from Seattle)
Stephenson is an electric arm that has a bit of rawness to him. While some like his approach to pitching, I believe he can benefit from dialing it down just a tad to find a bit more command. I saw him twice last year and it was clear that he was the pitcher with the highest upside in the Cal League I would see that season (also saw Kyle Crick and Eddie Butler). But, he's 21 in Double-A. I think he'll be fine for now as long as he continues to find consistency with the breaking ball and change. #3 starter with a #2 starters upside is what I had on him last year and I'm sticking with that. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you concerned about Eddie Butler's health? Where would you put him on the midseason top 50 if he were eligible?
(Paul from Denver)
Any time a pitcher's shoulder is involved during a trip to the disabled list, I'm concerned. Butler still likely would have rated highly for me, probably still in the Top 30 range even with the questions about his shoulder. (Mark Anderson)
2014-06-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)With Jon Gray and Eddie Butler already, how do you rank Kyle Freeland in the organizational future rotation? Does he have the stuff to supplant one of these two at the top of the rotation?
(Silverback38 from VA)
He has a chance but will need to improve his execution and precision in the zone. It's a very good control profile without elite command. The stuff will play in the middle of a rotation and there is enough deception to potentially bump him to a #2 profile if you are a believer. I think at present he slots as the third best arm out of that trio. (Draft Wrap Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 14 team, 6 keepers per team league with traditional 5x5 roto scoring. We also get 20 minor leaguers who can be kept for 3 free years once they pass 120AB/50IP. I'm being offered a deal of Jose Reyes, Aramis Ramirez and either Huston Street or Eddie Butler for David Wright and Matt Lindstrom or Alex Gonzalez. Is the injury history of Reyes/Ramirez too much? Should I not give up the best player in a keeper league? Or does the quantity outweigh those concerns?
(oscarbluth from Madison, WI)
If you can only keep 6 players, I keep the Wright side. If you think you can win it all this year with another closer and some speed, then pull the trigger and pray for health. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Eddie Butler and do you think he reaches the majors before Gray?
(Dan from Toronto)
I've never heard a player described so often with the same random noun. In Butler's case, it's "bowling ball" in reference to his sinking fastball and what it feels like to hit it. Theoretically, it would seem that groundballers have the best chance to succeed at Coors. It wouldn't shock me to see him in the majors before Gray just because this is Gray's first full season. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have more love for Eddie Butler or Andrew Heaney, and what does the future hold for Tyler Skaggs? Separately, can you rank the three in order for me, in terms of impact?
(KJ from PA)
I've come around on Heaney. I wasn't enamored with him coming out of college, but he has really impressed me as a pro. The fastball velocity has been more consistent toward his upper range, and I think he's made some excellent strides in terms of sequencing and his overall approach on the mound. I'm buying Heaney as a really good MLB starter. I like Butler as well, but given their proximity in terms of overall ceiling, give me the lefty.

As for Skaggs, I wish I knew what the future held there; I'd be a wealthy man if I could predict things like that. I'm still buying the raw talent, but even if things come together, I think he ends up more of a 3/4 starter than anything else. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason,how many of these guys will be up by June 1st...Lindor,Jon Gray,Eddie Butler,A.Bradley,Aaron Sanchez and Springer....Thanks!!!!
(John from Boston)
Butler, Bradley, Springer--with Sanchez being a maybe. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Eddie Butler or Rafael Montero for 2014? and then for future?
(Daniel from TX)
I'd take Butler for both. Montero has a better park, but Butler's stuff is a notch above. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jon Gray or Eddie Butler: who do you like better for 2014 and for the future?
(Mike from NJ)
I like Eddie Butler and think his arsenal is a great fit for Colorado. But the answer is Jon Gray. Higher ceiling; higher floor. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Made a bit of a blockbuster in a 10-team dynasty league. Traded Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, David Robertson, Glen Perkins, Zach Greinke, plus prospects (farm roster) Joey Gallo and Eddie Butler. Got back Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Homer Bailey, and prospects Xander Bogaerts and Billy Hamilton. I like the trade for me as I can play Xander and Billy right away, but I have my concerns over Harper breaking out. What do you think?
(Sara from Tacoma)
Hi Sara:

Wow, that is a blockbuster! In a league that size, I like that trade for you in the here and now. You got four potential impact players and a strong pitcher in Bailey for two potential impact guys in Harper and Werth with two closers and Greinke. A lot depends on what happens with Gallo and Butler, but if you're playing for this year (and flags fly forever, as we like to say around here) you did well. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)I hold the contract for Heaney, Eddie Butler, Giolite, Nate Eovaldi, cosart. which one will help me this year cause one has to go. Where do you see cosart at the years end??
(Jim from Tampa)
I'd get rid of Cosart even though he's at the MLB level. He's hurting you at this point. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Eddie Butler this year? Cup of coffee sometime this year in Coors?
(John from Colorado)
I think so. IF he does get to the Major League level it will be an abbv. stint. I think his profile will play well in Coors as well but we've said that before about guys who flamed out there. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)You gave both Eddie Butler and Marcus Stroman a B- for their mechanics. Stroman had a better baseline (No grades <50 or >65) while Butler had higher peaks (70 torque 60 momentum) and lower valleys (35 balance, 45 posture), with a comparable release distance (55). My question in 2 parts: 1) While Stroman's height is usually the focal point of the SP/RP discussion; everything but his height says SP. Could it be argued that Butler is the more likely a late inning option?; and 2) What adjustments do you think these two could make to improve to achieve [better] success for a rotation future?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Awesome question, AJ.

1) Pitchers who lack balance in the delivery are at high risk for over-exposure in the rotation, and based on current mechanics I would say that Stroman is a better bet for the rotation than Butler. So it could definitely be argued that Butler is the better late inning option, with the caveat that I think Stroman is the more likely bullpen guy.

2) Stroman mostly needs to improve consistency of timing by repeating his pace to the plate while maintaining plus momentum. Balance (and often posture) typically round out later in a pitcher's development path, as the player gains functional strength and finds his peak physical form. These elements bode well for Butler, but he has multiple elements of balance that require improvement (vertical and lateral). So it could take time before he is ready to be successful at the highest level.

On the jukebox: Van Halen, "Mine All Mine" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason, How your doing well. I like to know where do you see Eddie Butler ceiling and what the pitch that made him move up so quickly?
(Jim from Tampa)
#2 starter; multiple fastball looks; incredible movement and velocity; changeup is pitch that really pushed him ahead. He has three plus pitches (two of which grade close to 70 (or above). Underrated arm. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Eddie Butler be??
(maxpowers from Chicago)
He can be extremely good, and while I have no research basis to back this up whatsoever, I feel like the hard two-seamer/change-up combo will give him the best chance to succeed in Colorado as compared to other pitchers who have struggled there. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, If you were looking to add to your rotation and hold the rights to some young players who would you count on from this short list. Tyler Thornburg, Eric Johnson (whats the upside on Eric) Eddie Butler, Andrew Heaney?
(Jim from Tampa)
Hi Jim:

I don't know if you can really count on prospect pitchers, so that makes this a tough question to answer. I like Heaney better than Butler just because of the park difference (though I think Butler can play with that sinker). Of the four, I like Thornburg best. Johnson's upside for me is as a mid-tier rotation guy, although I could also see him not quite getting there. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have 4 rookies on my starting staff Heaney Cosart, Jim Nelson, Eddie Butler, Erik Johnson or I should say I own there contracts who are the ones that show the best chances of being the better pitchers this year and next?
(Jim from Tampa)
Butler and Heaney are head and shoulders above the other three. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of an impact do you think pitching at Coors will have on Jonathon Gray and Eddie Butler? I realize it is a difficult place to pitch, but these two guys are filthy!
(Bill from New York)
There haven't been many arms that have come through Coors Field with that type of talent, so it is difficult to project the impact the environment will have on the two pitchers. I do think are exceptionally talented and have a chance to put any remaining Coors Field Effect questions to bed by demonstrating that if you put really talented pitchers on that field, they'll find a way to perform. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Eddie Butler and Heaney in a keeper league points. Where do you see the ceiling for Jarred Cosart and Tyson Ross?
(OB1kenobiI from Tampa)
Neither Cosart or Ross rates with Butler and Heaney for me in real life. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me 5 SP prospects you are higher on than industry? I really like Eddie Butler, despite Coors looming.
(JoJo from SD)
Joe Ross, Chris Anderson, Jesse Hahn, Edwin Diaz, Miguel Almonte. I like Butler too (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)How concerned are you about Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler pitching in Coors? Both have power stuff, and Butler's change should negate a lot of the platoon advantage, but I'm still worried about any pitcher in that park. Do either look like top-20 fantasy SP given the park they'll pitch in?
(TommyC from Illinois)
Mildly concerned. It's going to be a challenge for sure, but both guys are talented enough to overcome it. In reality, it's extremely difficult for a pitcher in Coors (barring another humidor change) to be a top-20 pitcher for fantasy purposes. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've got a minor league draft for a keeper league coming up, and I know I'll be choosing between Jonathan Gray, Kohl Stewart, Eddie Butler, Garin Cecchini, Clint Frazier, Tyler Glasnow. My team is in a win over the next 2-3 years type mode, which of the 6 do you prefer, or if it is close between a few guys, why? Thanks!
(TommyC from Illinois)
Frazier. Love me some Clint Frazier. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Eddie Butler crack that updated Top 10?
(DF from Wilmington, NC)
Butler's not quite there for me yet. He's got serious helium and is flying up rankings right now, but I don't think he's in the class with guys like Walker, Giolito, Taillon, Bradley, etc. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your long-term view on Eddie Butler's future?
(DF from Wilmington, NC)
I was psyched to see the development gains last season, and he has the stuff to play at any altitude. I will be taking an in-depth look at Butler later this winter in the Bush League series. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)More on Eddie Butler please. Ceiling of a #2? Hearing lots of potential reliever labels but he seems to have 3 pitches. Can he and Gray actually pitch with success in Coors?
(sean3258 from Coatesville)
Not many pitchers can actually pitch in Coors, so I'll hold back judgments on that front. Butler as #2 is the ceiling; the stuff is legit. You hear reliever because of his delivery, his short-burst potential, and because he's a ginger and people are afraid of gingers. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your best bet on Eddie Butler: SP or closer? If SP, do you see ace potential?
(Fist from Seattle)
Closer if he's not a SP, but he's a SP for me. He's sort of an unorthodox guy but seems to make it work; reaches both sides of the plate with all three pitches and repeats/commands well. Three future plus offerings, as well, with an elite fastball. As I wrote in my report, I think he's a low no. 2/high no. 3 starter. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell me something good and something bad about Eddie Butler? Would you bet on him being a starter long term?
(steve from Pittsburgh)
This is a good place to start, as I'll see Eddie Butler on Friday (plus Taijuan Walker tomorrow, so this is a pretty solid prospect week for me). The good on Eddie Butler: he'll flash three plus pitches including a plus-plus fastball with big life. It's nasty, nasty stuff. The bad: it's not 100 percent a starting pitcher. The delivery has some scouts thinking he may end up in the 'pen. But the good news on the back of that is that even if he does, it's closer-type stuff. The command is progressing, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he shows me on Friday. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite starting pitcher prospect out of the group? (Most likely to stick at SP taken into account) Mike Foltynewicz, Tyler Glasnow, Eddie Butler, Aaron Sanchez, and Lucas Giolito?
(Fish72292 from New Hampshire)
That's a tough list, especially since we're comparing upper-level pitchers (Folty and Butler) with complex-league pitchers (Giolito). I like all of those guys. I'd probably go Butler though, because we're talking ceiling + probability of big leagues with the Double-A guy. Highest ceiling of the group? Probably Giolito. Which makes it a tough one to answer. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a keeper league that includes a 12 player minor league roster for the future. I currently own Stetson Allie and Rafael De Paula, my question is would you drop either or both of them for any of the following players: Alex Dickerson, Franklin Barreto, Eddie Butler, Lucas Sims? Thanks for your help!
(Jeff from Kansas City)
I'd take all of those guys over Allie, and especially Butler and Sims. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow or Miguel Almonte. Who's the future star?
(Sam from St. Louis)
Hi Sam.

Do I have to pick just one?

As i said in the Correa/Russell question, it's always tough with guys below AA to guess a trajectory. With pitchers it's especially tough; Double-A is really where we get a good look at whether or not a guy is going to be good enough or if he'll flame out. If I had to pick one, it would be Glasnow. I like guys in the minors with over a strikeout an inning. The walk rate concerns me, but that's something that he could ultimately fix. If you're not striking out over a batter an inning in the low minors, are you going to do that in the Majors. A few guys have done it, but it's the exception and not the rule. It's Glasnow for me. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hi again ZM, Deep dynasty league... What are your thoughts on Preston Tucker, Jesse Hahn or Eddie Butler? thanks again awesome stuff.
(Andy B from WI)
Eddie Butler has an impact arm I would get him on my team if I could. Jesse Hahn has two potential plus pitches, but has injury history and I wonder what it will be going forward. I'm not on the Preston Tucker wagon. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Im in a 20 team dynasty league with a 5 man prospect roster. Staring me in the face on the waiver wire are Puello, Berrios, Stratton, and Eddie Butler. Would you add any of these guys over current guys on my roster Wilmer Flores, Chris Owings, Alen Hanson?
(Alec from Scottsdale, Az)
I really like Butler and Berrios, but I dont know anything about fantasy baseball so I'm not much help. If you want any advice about my fantasies for Tom Verducci, please re-submit. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, I'm very excited about Eddie Butler but do you think he will be able to overcome the tragedy of pitching in Coors Field? Thanks!
(Mike from Colorado)
Probably not. I love the arm, but that's a tough environment. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Eddie Butler? Real break-out prospect or just SSS?
(Luca from Italy)
I know of one "talent evaluator" that dislikes Butler with a passion, but the rest of the people I know like him very much and pushed for him to be in the top 50. The ceiling isn't frontline, but the stuff is very good, so the floor (as a reliever) is high. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Rafael De Paula? Legit or just overpowering inferior competition?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Both! He and Eddie Butler have probably been the two best arms in the Sally League. By the way, Eddie Butler doesn't get enough love! I've written him up twice on the Monday Morning Ten Pack. I had a scout tell me "best pitching prospect in the Sally League" earlier this season, and then after Butler was promoted to High-A, another scout told me "immediately the best pitching prospect in the Cal League." 2/3 starter potential with a 7 fastball and plus-plus life. (Jason Cole)

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