The Cubs starting pitching could use a boost and a player the Cubs traded for in February could be the answer.
Eddie Butler, former top 25 prospect for the Rockies, may become the next man up in the Cubs rotation with Brett Anderson heading to the DL with a back strain. Also, Anderson struggles this season may have out him out of the rotation for good.
Butler, 46th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, made his major league debut in June of 2014. After just one start, he was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Since then, his MLB career has not been what many expected it to be.
So why give him the chance? His Triple-A stats have been very good to start the season. In 5 stars, Butler has a 1.17 ERA, 2.35 BB/9, and adding 17 strike outs. In his last start on Saturday, Butler threw 6 scoreless innings.
“He has a solid power sinker and “extraordinary” changeup while giving him credit for three plus pitches and a solid-average slider.” -Baseball America
Cubs manager Joe Maddon did make it clear that Butler and Mike Montgomery are both options for the spot in the rotation to replace Anderson. “You got Montgomery right here,” Maddon said. “Butler down in Triple-A, I hear, is throwing the ball really well. We definitely have good options.”