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Daniel John Butler (born October 17, 1986) is an American professional baseball catcher in the Washington Nationals organization. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox. Listed at 5' 10", 190 lb., he bats and throws right handed.
Boston Red SoxEdit
Butler was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an undrafted free agent in 2009 out of University of Arizona, where he hit a .263 batting average with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 27 games as a senior for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team, and was selected to the Cape Cod League All-Star team.
Butler made his professional debut in 2009 with the Lowell Spinners of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League being promoted to the Salem Red Sox of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League late in the season. Then, in 2010 he topped the Red Sox minor league system with a .310 average and an .893 OPS during stops for the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), once more Salem, and the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Class AAA International League. While at Salem, he led all Carolina League catchers with a .995 fielding percentage. He also threw out 35.5 percent (49-of-138) of attempted base stealers across three different Minor League levels. He was named a SAL All-Star.
Butler batted a combined .241 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI in 2011, while playing again for Salem, the Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League, and Pawtucket. In 2012 he divided his playing time between Portland and Pawtucket, collecting a .247 average with nine homers and 37 RBI in 95 games.
In 2013, his first full year at Triple A, he hit .262 with a career-high 14 home runs and 45 RBIs in 84 games, leading Pawtucket with a .479 slugging percentage. In a team-high 72 games behind the plate, he threw out 25 of 82 (30.5 percent) would-be base stealers, led the International League catchers with 54 assists, and was named the PawSox team MVP.
In 2014, Butler entered his sixth season in the organization as one of the five catchers on the Boston Red Sox' 40-man roster. It also marked his third Major League spring training camp with the big league team. The Red Sox promoted Butler to the major leagues on August 2, 2014, due to an injury to David Ross. On August 10, 2014, Butler made his MLB debut with the Red Sox as the starting catcher against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Anaheim. He batted ninth in the lineup catching starter Rubby De La Rosa. Butler is familiar with De La Rosa from his time in AAA Pawtucket with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Butler was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on January 6, 2015.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 MiLB.com – Dan Butler profile.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Gulizia, Anthony. "Unlikely journey leads Dan Butler to major leagues", Boston Globe, August 2, 2014. Retrieved on August 3, 2014.
- ↑ Sox-Prospects.com – Dan Butler page.
- ↑ "Breslow and Red Sox finalize $2 million, 1-year contract", ESPN.com, January 6, 2015. Retrieved on January 7, 2015.
- ↑ "Nats get C Dan Butler from Red Sox for LHP Danny Rosenbaum", ESPN.com, January 14, 2015. Retrieved on January 15, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, and MiLB.com