Rockies call up Butler to make start Friday

Right-hander amassed 2.49 ERA in 11 starts with Double-A Tulsa

Eddie Butler has 40 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings for Double-A Tulsa. (Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers)

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com | June 3, 2014 11:47 PM

The Rockies need help in their rotation and it appears help is on the way.

Colorado's No. 2 prospect Eddie Butler will report to the parent club this week and make his Major League debut Friday against the Dodgers at Coors Field, according to MLB.com

The right-hander was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 Draft and shot up prospect lists during a breakout 2013 campaign in which he dominated at three Minor League levels with a 1.80 ERA.

Butler -- who relies on a mid- to high-90-mph fastball with heavy sink and a wipeout slider -- returned to Double-A Tulsa to start 2014, posting a 4-4 record and a 2.49 ERA in 11 starts. In 68 2/3 innings, he struck out 40 and walked 19.

The 22 year old is ranked No. 33 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect list. MLB.com reports he will take the rotation spot of left-hander Franklin Morales (3-6, 6.03 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts), who will be moved to the Rockies bullpen. Colorado's starters sported a 4.42 ERA entering Tuesday's action.

Butler had a recent three-start stretch in which he didn't allow an earned run from May 14-25 -- a streak of 19 2/3 innings. He was less successful in his last start, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Jake Seiner is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Seiner. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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