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Drew Butera | Catcher | #9

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCF
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 5 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Drew Butera clubbed a solo home run as Italy fell to Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic action on Sunday.
Team Italy continued to produce offensively, but simply didn't have enough pitching to compete in the tournament. Butera is expected to serve as the Royals' primary backup behind the plate this year. Mar 12 - 6:55 PM

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Drew Butera was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to left oblique tightness.

It's unclear how severe the strain is at this point, but the Royals will surely hold Butera back for a little while. He's slated to be their backup catcher this season.
Feb 26 - 3:20 PM

Royals re-signed C Drew Butera to a two-year, $3.8 million contract.

Butera is arguably the worst hitter in baseball, but the Royals love his defense and want to keep him around as Salvador Perez's backup. Butera is a career .198/.253/.295 hitter.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Drew Butera finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Twins.

Butera had four hits, including a homer, in five career at-bats against Twins starter Kyle Gibson heading into Thursday's game, and he added to that strange dominance with his second three-hit game of the 2016 season. Backing up Salvador Perez this season, the 33-year-old is batting .281/.322/.474 in 114 at-bats.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:59:00 AM

Drew Butera went 2-for-3 and hit his career-high fourth homer Wednesday against the Twins.

Butera having an .824 OPS after five months might be the most surprising statistic of the year and most alarming if you're one of those signs-of-the-apocalypse kind of people. In six previous big-league seasons, Butera posted OPSs of .533, .449, .550, .200 (in 10 AB), .555 and .505.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Drew Butera clubbed a solo home run as the Royals fell to the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland.

Butera, who has seen increased action of late with the injury to Salvador Perez, accounted for all of his club's scoring in this one. His third inning blast came off of Indians starter Danny Salazar, and was the Royals' lone extra-base hit in the contest. The veteran backstop has done a nice job in his limited at-bats, slashing .308/.372/.590 with two home runs and eight RBI.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 09:56:00 PM

Drew Butera hit a two-run inside-the-park homer as the Royals beat the split-squad White Sox 9-2 on Thursday.

It was part of a seven-run seventh inning for the defending World Series champions. This game also featured a triple play turned by the White Sox, so it was a fun one. Butera has technically now homered in back-to-back games, which is something we didn't think we would ever have to write.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Drew Butera went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.

Butera's homer was a rare affair. He has just nine regular season dingers in 774 career at-bats. The 32-year-old backstop hit a mere .196/.252/.252 with a homer and five RBI over 107 at-bats between the Angels and Royals last season. Needless to say, there's no fantasy upside here.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Royals and C Drew Butera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1625 million contract.

He can earn $12,500 more if he plays in 25 games. The defensive-minded Butera is a career .185/.241/.266 hitter.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Drew Butera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Tigers.

The light-hitting Butera smacked his first home run of the season when he took Anibal Sanchez deep to lead off the seventh inning. It was just the ninth homer of his career. With a mere 49 at-bats this season and a .186/.197/.243 triple-slash line, we can safely say that the catcher should not be considered for fantasy purposes.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Royals recalled C Drew Butera from Triple-A Omaha.

He's replacing Francisco Pena as Salvador Perez's backup while Erik Kratz (foot) is out. Butera won't play much.
Fri, May 8, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Royals acquired C Drew Butera from the Angels for INF Ryan Jackson.

Butera was designated for assignment by the Angels on May 4. He will give the Royals some needed depth at catcher with Erik Kratz suffering from a foot injury. Butera, 31, is a dreadful .183/.238/.266 career hitter.
Thu, May 7, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Angels designated C Drew Butera for assignment.

Butera batted just .190/.190/.190 over 10 games. The Halos have decided to carry Carlos Perez as Chris Iannetta's backup instead.
Mon, May 4, 2015 05:16:00 PM

Angels and C Drew Butera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract.

Butera was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He'll serve as Chris Iannetta's backup after being acquired from the Dodgers via trade last month.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 08:38:00 PM

Angels acquired C Drew Butera from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Butera was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week after batting just .188/.267/.288 with three homers across 192 plate appearances this past season. The 31-year-old is a .183/.239/.268 career hitter, but he could be the primary backup in 2015 to Angels starting catcher Chris Iannetta.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Brayan Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Samir Duenez
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Whit Merrifield
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
3Terrance Gore
RF1Jorge Soler
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
3Peter O'Brien
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Jake Junis
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Matt Strahm
4Travis Wood
5Chris Young
6Scott Alexander
7Kevin McCarthy
8Al Alburquerque
9Brian Flynn
10Mike Minor
11Peter Moylan
12Seth Maness