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Minor League Barometer: Noah Reaches the Mountaintop

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

One of the biggest risers in the minors this year has been Colorado Rockies hurler Eddie Butler. The 6-foot-2, 180, righty has already pitched at three levels in 2013. In two starts most recently for Double-A Tulsa, Butler has not allowed a run. The 22-year-old has not issued a walk, scattered five hits and fanned 12 hitters. Butler features a power, sinking fastball, which misses bats or yields weak groundballs. Opposing batters are hitting .186 against Butler, who has notched a 2.28 GO:AO ratio. Butler has 130:46 K:BB ratio through 132 innings in 2013. If his secondary pitches (slider and curveball) continue to develop, it could be a scary proposition for opposing hitters.

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