2012 Draft Scouting Report: Eddie Butler

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at pitcher, Eddie Butler.

Name: Eddie Butler
Position: Pitcher
School: Radford
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 165
Bats/Throws: S/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Lanky doesn't begin to describe Butler. He's rail thin at this stage and figures to add a lot of mass in the coming years. He's a bit gawky right now, and his overall coordination and athleticism figure to improve with time as well. There's a lot of projection here.

Mechanics

Butler has a whip fast arm and overall the arm action looks fairly clean. And, his slightly lowered arm angle also adds some deception to his game. However, there's not much consistency in his mechanics. His landing point is not consistent right now and he tends to get up in the zone with his fastball.

Fastball

The intrigue with Butler lies in his fastball. He's the owner of a 91-94 mph fastball with heavy sinking life. He reached 95 mph in the Cape and appeared capable of holding this velocity deep into his outings. His command will have to improve, however. When he's up in the zone, like any sinker ball pitcher, he gets hit very hard.

Curveball

Secondary pitches in general are Butler's biggest deficiency. He doesn't have one true go-to secondary offering as of yet. His 71-75 mph curveball is below average right now, but he did show flashes of being able to spin a decent one. But, it's definitely a work in progress.

Slider

The slider seems like a better fit for Butler than the curveball. He showed average potential with his 83-85 mph slider and was able to locate it much better than the curveball. Inconsistency with this pitch is once again an issue though.

Summation

The selling point with Butler is his heavy, lively, bat breaking 91-94 mph sinking fastball. Beyond that, he's somewhat of a project for a professional organization. But, the potential he shows will have him off the board in the top five rounds in June.

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