The Colorado Rockies optioned another of their most promising young pitchers -- this time Eddie Butler -- to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday.
This comes not long after optioning Tyler Matzek which would seem devastating to the franchise if not for the recent performances of Chad Bettis, David Hale, and Chris Rusin who will remain in the rotation for the Rockies.
A primary reason for the move is that Butler needs to work on some "kinks," according to the Denver Post's Nick Groke:
Not official yet, but Eddie Butler will be sent down to AAABQ to work out some kinks. Kyle Parker up. Rusin and Hale stay in rotation.— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) June 9, 2015
The corresponding move is the call-up of outfielder Kyle Parker, who has been hotter than the sun lately. The Rockies may be looking to capture and bottle that and give the kid some confidence by having it carry over to the big league level.
A bizarre aspect of the move, however, is that Carlos Gonzalez's hot streak means that the entire outfield is playing well, and Parker may not get regular at-bats, especially if Corey Dickerson returns soon. With Brandon Barnes, Charlie Blackmon coming back to life, and the Rockies getting good play at Parker's other position, first base, from Wilin Rosario and Ben Paulsen, I'm just not sure where exactly Parker fits, though I couldn't be happier for him.