CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY)- Like he has done most of his life, Chesapeake native Eddie Butler still plays catch with his father Tim. “At 3-months old he used to lay on my shoulder and watch baseball and when he was 8-months old, the only thing he would go to sleep to was baseball,” Butler’s father said.
Now at age 22, Butler is ranked as the number 2 prospect for the Colorado Rockies. He said, “It’s always been a dream of mine to play pro baseball. When I was little, I grew up a Braves fan. Watching Chipper Jones, Andrew Jones, Smoltz, Glavine, Maddox. It’s always been a dream of mine to be up there pitching on national TV, in front of the biggest crowds, on the biggest stage.”
After a great career at Radford University, Butler was the 46th overall choice in the 2012 Draft. This past season, he ranked second in the Minor Leagues in ERA, (1.80), pitched in the Futures Game and ended the season by allowing just two runs in six Double-A starts. He has big goals heading to spring training. ” I want to get all those big leaguer’s out. I want to have some fun. Like I said, building relationships is a big thing.”
Butler played his high school ball for Gary Lavelle at Greenbrier Christian Academy. Lavelle, a two-time major league All-Star pitcher says Butler has what it takes to be a big league star. “Normally he throws between 95 and 97 but he can get it up to 100 but he doesn’t pitch at 100. With an arm like that, barring injury, he’ll be a Major League pitcher and a very successful one at that.”
Now on the road to spring training, Butler hopes to get his first big league start at some point this season. “The stage is going to be big, it’s going to be fun and exciting. There’s going to be nerves. I don’t know how I will feel when that number 3 or 4 hitter steps in the box and I see Pujols or someone like that.”