Prospect Butler eager to oppose Kershaw, Dodgers

Rockies righty gets nod against reigning NL Cy Young winner Tuesday

Prospect Butler eager to oppose Kershaw, Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies righty prospect Eddie Butler already has picked a rival -- the Dodgers.

Butler was called up from Double-A Tulsa in June. In and around shoulder injuries, he started three games. The first (June 6) and last (Sept. 27) were against the Dodgers and they didn't go well, as evidenced by an 0-1 record, 9.90 ERA, 18 hits and six walks against two strikeouts in 10 innings. So even though it's early Spring Training, his start Tuesday against the Dodgers -- and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw -- has meaning.

"It's going to be nice to go out there with all my weapons, feel right and have the ball come out the way it should," said Butler, 23, ranked the game's No. 35 prospect in 2015 by MLB.com. "It's good to face Kershaw. He's a guy I want to be facing in the Majors because that means you're in the top end of the rotation. That's a team we've got to beat. It's a position I want to be in."

Between struggles against the Dodgers, Butler earned his first Major League win Sept. 20, when he held the D-backs to one run and five hits in six innings of a 5-1 Rockies triumph.

Tuesday will be the second spring appearance for Butler. In his first outing, he gave up a two-run homer and four total hits but displayed a 96-mph fastball during a two-inning stint against the D-backs on Thursday.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.