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Drew Butera | Catcher | #9

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCF
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 5 (0) / NYM
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Drew Butera finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's road loss against the Athletics.
Butera has hit safely in three straight, and five of his past six, as he tries to hold down the fort with regular starter Salvador Perez (oblique) on the shelf. He isn't terribly flashy at the plate, but with a .269/.320/.387 slash line he could certainly be worse. Aug 16 - 1:50 AM

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Drew Butera went 3-for-4 with a homer on Sunday, leading the Royals to a 9-8 victory over the Orioles.

Butera's solo blast in the seventh inning added on a valuable insurance run and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He doesn't draw many starts with Salvador Perez entrenched behind the plate in Kansas City, but has made the most of his opportunity, slashing .310/.310/.552 with two homers and four RBI.
May 14 - 7:44 PM

Drew Butera hit his first home run of the season Monday night against the Rays.

Butera's solo shot in the third inning off Rays left-hander Blake Snell got the Royals on the board in the eventual 7-3 victory. He also contributed an RBI single in the top of the sixth. The 33-year-old backup catcher is now 5-for-24 (.208) on the season.
May 8 - 11:02 PM

Drew Butera went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Rangers.

Butera took Anthony Bass deep for his second home run of the spring in the fifth inning. With Salvador Perez locked in as the Royals' regular starter behind the plate, the 33-year-old Butera will be working in a backup capacity during the coming season unless injury strikes.
Apr 1 - 4:47 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Raul Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Melky Cabrera
2Brandon Moss
3Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Jake Junis
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Mike Minor
6Scott Alexander
7Peter Moylan
8Neftali Feliz
9Kevin McCarthy
10Brian Flynn
11Miguel Almonte
12Mike Morin
13Trevor Cahill
14Andres Machado