The 22nd season of Colorado Rockies baseball is underway.
The team will look to improve on a season to forget, as they finished in last place in the NL West for the second straight year. There is plenty of optimism for the 2014 season, and for good reason.
Pitching was an issue for the team last season, but the Rockies are hoping that they can get the boost they needed, and that boost could come from their pitching prospect Eddie Butler. Butler is a 22 year old pitcher for the Rockies who was drafted by the team back in 2012 after spending his time playing baseball for Radford University. He has spent his first couple seasons in the minors, where he has developed into a quality pitcher.
During his time in the Pioneer League, he accumulated a 7-1 record with a 2.13 ERA and 55 strikeouts and was even an All-Star in the league. During the Rockies dismissal season, he was performing well in the minors, even well enough to be invited to play in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game, where he pitched a scoreless inning.
The Rockies have invited him to Spring Training and he will look to show the organization the stuff that impressed in the minors; he has accumulated a 1.90 ERA and struck out 198 batters during his two seasons in the minors. Look for Butler to begin the season in the minors, but do not be surprised if we see him in a Rockies uniform at some point during the 2014 season. At such a young age, there is no reason to doubt that he could, in fact, become a household name for the organization for years to come.