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Joey Butler | Outfielder | #24

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: New Orleans
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 15 (0) / TEX
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Indians optioned OF Joey Butler to Triple-A Columbus.
Butler had a golden opportunity to secure a reserve outfielder role with the Indians this spring but slashed just .206/.289/.441 with a 10/4 K/BB ratio in his 38 plate appearances. He'll provide depth at Triple-A. Mar 26 - 12:43 PM

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Joey Butler slugged a grand slam as part of an eight-run fifth inning as the Indians downed the Athletics 10-8 on Friday.

It was an all or nothing day for Butler, who struck out in his other three plate appearances. The 30-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Rays in December and is batting .208 (5-for-24) with two home runs and six RBI this spring. It could be tough for him to stand out among a crowded group of outfield candidates, especially if Michael Brantley (shoulder) defies expectations and makes it back in time for Opening Day.
Mar 18 - 9:16 PM

Indians agreed to terms on one-year contracts with OF Joey Butler, C Roberto Perez, INF Erik Gonzalez and RHP Giovany Soto.

Financial terms of those deals have yet to be disclosed. With that, the club now has all 40 players on its 40-man roster under contract for the upcoming season. Butler had a nice season with the Rays in 2015 and should be able to secure as role as a reserve outfielder with an Indians squad that is dealing with an injured Michael Brantley and with Abraham Almonte facing suspension.
Mar 12 - 12:51 PM

Indians claimed OF Joey Butler off waivers from the Rays.

Butler got off to a nice start with the Rays this past season and ultimately hit .276/.326/.416 with eight homers over 276 plate appearances. He'll turn 30 in March and shoulde compete for a reserve job in spring training.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Rays designated OF Joey Butler for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for catcher Hank Conger, who was acquired from the Astros on Wednesday night. Butler, 29, batted .276/.326/.416 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 88 games this past season for the Rays. He should find interest from other teams.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 02:17:00 PM

Joey Butler went Godzilla in his final game of the 2015 season, finishing 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI to help lead his team's 12-3 romp over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Yikes. Butler launched a grand slam off Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first inning, then later followed that up with a two-run homer in the fifth. The huge game adds to (and finishes out) a 2015 campaign in which the 29-year-old hit .276/.326/.416 with eight homers and 30 RBI over 257 at-bats.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 07:21:00 PM

Rays recalled OF Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

Butler has hit .278/.333/.410 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 74 games this season at the major league level. He could see some action in the Tampa Bay outfield down the stretch with Desmond Jennings heading back to the disabled list.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Rays optioned DH Joey Butler to Triple-A Durham.

Butler began his Rays tenure like a house on fire, but the 29-year-old has batted just .151/.244/.178 since June 24. He hit .278/.333/.410 overall and could be back with the Rays in September.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 10:39:00 PM

Joey Butler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Indians.

Butler has gone deep in back-to-back games and is now up to six home runs on the season. The 29-year-old has only drawn four walks in 147 plate appearances, but he's hitting .336 with a .536 slugging percentage and continues to be a pleasant surprise for a team which is also exceeding expectations.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Joey Butler hit his fifth homer Thursday as the Rays topped the Nationals 5-3.

Who would have guessed that, finally given the chance, Butler would have more homers than walks after 39 games? A strong OBP guy in the minors, he had 360 walks and 78 homers in 2,821 at-bats during his minor league career. He's been a strong OBP guy in the majors, too, but that's because he's hitting .331. He has a 38/4 K/BB ratio in 136 at-bats. He's not such a bad bet to remain moderately productive, but he's not going to keep hitting for average like this.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Joey Butler went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored in Monday's win against the Nationals.

Butler singled and scored the Rays' first of two runs in the third inning. Butler also singled in the fourth inning, helping set up another two-run frame, then later stole third base but was stranded. The DH has four multi-hit games in his last five and is batting a sizzling .344/.378/.516 with four home runs, 16 RBI, and four stolen bases.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 10:47:00 PM

Joey Butler went 3-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs on Friday, leading the Rays in a 7-5 victory over the White Sox.

Butler had a pair of RBI singles in the contest, one in the third inning to increase their lead to 2-0 and another in the sixth to stretch the advantage to 6-2. Though there are detractors who doubt his ability to keep up this level of production, Butler is now raking at a .350/.377/.530 clip with 16 RBI in 117 at-bats. He should be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 10:50:00 PM

Joey Butler went 1-for-4, accounting for the Rays' only two runs in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

The Rays were down 5-0, but Butler reduced the deficit with a two-run double in the sixth inning. The DH has been a force since getting called up in early May, hitting .327/.358/.519 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 109 plate appearances. We don't expect him to keep hitting at this rate, but he's a low-risk flier, especially in AL-only leagues.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 10:33:00 PM

Joey Butler had a nice game against the Mariners on Thursday, singling twice and swiping two bases.

Butler also scored one of the two runs plated by the Rays in an all-around solid game for the designated hitter. All three of his steals this season have come in his last two games. He's seeing increased playing time with Desmond Jennings out injured and is slashing .348/.376/.551 over 89 at-bats. Butler's not as good as he's currently playing, but so long as he keeps hitting (he's on a six-game hitting streak at the moment), there's no reason not to ride the bat while it's hot if you're in a deeper AL-only format.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 01:16:00 AM

Joey Butler went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

Butler smacked his solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen in the third inning. At the time, it pushed the score to 3-0 Rays. That's all a dominant Erasmo Ramirez would need, as the Rays would win by that final score. Butler's hitting .309/.347/.500 over 68 at-bats, plus three homers, eight RBI and eight runs scored. With Desmond Jennings on the shelf, it's likely that he will continue to see plate appearances, though there's no reason to expect major production.
Sat, May 30, 2015 06:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Chris Gimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
3Michael Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Abraham Almonte
3Tyler Naquin
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Tommy Hunter
7Joba Chamberlain
8Tom Gorzelanny