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Social media reaction to Rockies promotion of prospect pitcher Eddie Butler

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The story line of tweets and articles that appeared after the news broke of Eddie Butler's promotion ranged from personal stories to fantasy owners clamoring to sign him.

What time is it? Eddie Butler time.
What time is it? Eddie Butler time.
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News spread through the social media universe like wildfire on Tuesday. News that Rockies pitching prospect Eddie Butler was being called up to make his major league debut in Coors Field later in the week. Thomas Harding of MLB.com broke the story with the following tweet:

The news was then picked up by national reporters in the MLB realm and the cat was soon out of the bag.

Eddie Butler will be the first Grand Junction Rockies alum to make it to the big leagues, not counting injury stints like Todd Helton had in 2012. To put that in perspective, there hasn't even been a member of the now defunct Casper Ghost to make the majors since Corey Dickerson, who played for the Short-season team back in 2010.

Grand Junction Rockies radio announcer Adam Spolane shared his favorite memories of the hard-throwing right-hander:

Personally, my favorite memories of the Radford alum were from a game in Orem as he was charting a game for the recently promoted Jayson Aquino. We were talking about his lack of strikeouts, and he gave me a little insight into his pitching mentality.

"I try and get guys out as quickly as possible. Strikeouts cause a lot of wear and tear on the arm and I want to work efficiently," said Butler between a pair of Aquino changeups.

It was an insight into the humility of the redhead and how Eddie's always been more about success over achievements. His statement reinforced the feeling I have always had when talking to him, that his baseball IQ is just off the charts.

Baseball success is what a lot of people will be speculating on as Butler prepares to toe the mound at a mile high for the first time. Fantasy baseball enthusiasts were quick to ask if Eddie was worth picking up in fantasy leagues and the responses ranged from tempered, such as Fake Teams suggesting holding off on picking him up until after he faces the Dodgers in Coors Field.

Then Matt Foreman of Roto World Fantasy Sports had this to say about the rookie pitcher:

It's tough to gauge how Butler will perform once he pitches in Coors Field for the first time, facing major league hitters like Yasiel Puig. One thing is for certain, and that is electricity will be in the air as a highly touted prospect makes his Rockies debut.

Here are Eddie Butler's own words concerning his promotion: