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Billy Butler

27-Year-Old Designated Hitter – Kansas City Royals

2014 Stats

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.154

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4

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

With expectations riding high after a breakout season in 2012, Butler disappointed his owners last year with a failed encore performance. He maintained his typically strong plate discipline, and even ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 240   DOB: 4/18/1986   BORN: Orange Park, FL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Billy Butler Contract Information:

Agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension with the Royals in January 2011.

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Butler was unable to break out of his slump Sunday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Royals' loss to the Twins.

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Billy Butler Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 19 A Hig 92 421 379 70 132 57 30 2 25 91 0 0 42 80 0 0 0 .348 .419 .636 1.055
2005 19 AA WIC 29 119 112 14 35 14 9 0 5 19 0 0 7 18 0 0 0 .313 .353 .527 .880
2006 20 AA WIC 119 535 477 82 158 49 33 1 15 96 1 0 41 67 1 8 8 .331 .388 .499 .887
2007 21 AAA OMA 57 256 203 40 59 24 10 1 13 46 1 0 43 32 1 6 3 .291 .412 .542 .954
2007 21 MAJ KAN 92 360 329 38 96 33 23 2 8 52 0 0 27 55 0 2 2 .292 .347 .447 .794
2008 22 AAA OMA 26 115 101 18 34 12 6 1 5 13 0 0 14 7 0 0 0 .337 .417 .564 .981
2008 22 MAJ KAN 124 478 443 44 122 33 22 0 11 55 0 1 33 57 0 2 0 .275 .324 .400 .724
2009 23 MAJ KAN 159 672 608 78 183 73 51 1 21 93 1 0 58 103 0 4 2 .301 .362 .492 .853
2010 24 MAJ KAN 158 678 595 77 189 60 45 0 15 78 0 0 69 78 0 9 5 .318 .388 .469 .857
2011 25 MAJ KC 159 673 597 74 174 63 44 0 19 95 2 1 66 95 0 7 3 .291 .361 .461 .822
2012 26 MAJ KC 161 679 614 72 192 62 32 1 29 107 2 1 54 111 0 4 7 .313 .373 .510 .883
2013 27 MAJ KC 162 668 582 62 168 42 27 0 15 82 0 0 79 102 0 4 3 .289 .374 .412 .786
2014 28 MAJ KC 11 45 39 3 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 8 0 1 0 .154 .244 .154 .398
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Billy Butler
3-Year Averages MAJ   160 672 597 69 178 55 34 0 21 94 1 0 66 102 0 5 4 .298 .369 .461 .830
Career  (View All) MAJ   1026 4253 3807 448 1130 366 244 4 118 566 5 3 391 609 0 33 22 .297 .363 .456 .819

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Billy Butler Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 15 @Hou 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .224 .143 .367
Apr. 13 @Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .244 .154 .398
Apr. 12 @Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .171 .268 .171 .439
Apr. 11 @Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .297 .194 .491
Apr. 9 TB 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .303 .214 .517
Apr. 8 TB 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .310 .208 .518
Apr. 7 TB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .320 .200 .520
Apr. 6 CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .381 .250 .631
Apr. 5 CWS 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .412 .250 .662
Apr. 4 CWS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .385 .200 .585
Apr. 3 @Det Did not play.
Apr. 2 @Det 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .393
Mar. 31 @Det 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Last 7 Days 26 1 2 0 0 0 3 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 .077 .107 .077 .184
Last 14 Days 42 3 6 0 0 0 5 5 8 0 0 0 2 0 .143 .224 .143 .367
Last 30 Days 42 3 6 0 0 0 5 5 8 0 0 0 2 0 .143 .224 .143 .367

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Billy Butler: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 11
2013 7 150
2012 20 138
2011 11 142
2010 127 31
2009 145 11

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Billy Butler Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013149205270.275.436.797
20121602612290.331.6191.036
2011147216271.306.510.917

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20134334210550.293.404.783
20124544617782.306.471.827
20114505313681.287.444.790

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013286316370.318.448.866
20123073511510.322.495.872
2011295389471.315.471.862

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013296319450.260.378.708
20123073718562.303.524.893
20113023610481.268.450.782
Billy Butler Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 19 A Hig 421 379 10% 19% 0.53 79% .391 .288
2005 19 AA WIC 119 112 5.9% 15.1% 0.39 84% .337 .214
2006 20 AA WIC 535 477 7.7% 12.5% 0.61 86% .362 .168
2007 21 AAA OMA 256 203 16.8% 12.5% 1.34 84% .291 .251
2007 21 MAJ KAN 360 329 7.5% 15.3% 0.49 83% .331 .155
2008 22 AAA OMA 115 101 12.2% 6.1% 2.00 93% .326 .227
2008 22 MAJ KAN 478 443 6.9% 11.9% 0.58 87% .296 .125
2009 23 MAJ KAN 672 608 8.6% 15.3% 0.56 83% .335 .191
2010 24 MAJ KAN 678 595 10.2% 11.5% 0.88 87% .347 .151
2011 25 MAJ KC 673 597 9.8% 14.1% 0.69 84% .321 .170
2012 26 MAJ KC 679 614 8% 16.3% 0.49 82% .344 .197
2013 27 MAJ KC 668 582 11.8% 15.3% 0.77 82% .329 .123
2014 28 MAJ KC 45 39 11.1% 17.8% 0.63 79% .194 .000
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Billy Butler
3-Year Averages MAJ   672 597 9.8% 15.2% 0.65 83% .331 .163
Career MAJ   4253 3807 9.2% 14.3% 0.64 84% .329 .159

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2014 Stat Review for Billy Butler    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.154 AVG
TERRIBLE
79% Contact Rate
AVERAGE
.194 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.154 SLG
TERRIBLE
.000 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.63 BB/K
GOOD
11.1% BB Rate
GREAT
17.8% K Rate
AVERAGE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.398 OPS
TERRIBLE
.244 OBP
TERRIBLE

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Billy Butler (by OPS, min 11 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 12 7 2 4 0 1 0 .583 1.417 2.000
Jason Vargas KC 17 8 3 7 5 0 1 .471 1.176 1.767
Matt Harrison TEX 14 9 1 4 2 0 1 .643 .929 1.540
Anthony Swarzak MIN 13 7 1 5 3 0 1 .538 .846 1.471
Jeremy Hellickson TB 14 9 0 2 1 1 0 .643 .786 1.452
Joaquin Benoit SD 12 3 2 2 3 4 0 .250 .833 1.233
Jake Peavy BOS 33 14 3 8 3 7 0 .424 .727 1.214
Carlos Carrasco CLE 17 7 2 4 1 3 0 .412 .765 1.209
Ervin Santana ATL 31 8 5 9 6 8 2 .258 .774 1.184
Chris Perez LA 11 4 1 2 0 3 0 .364 .727 1.091

Worst Matchups for Billy Butler (by OPS, min 11 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Alex Cobb TB 11 2 0 0 1 0 1 .182 .182 .432
Wade Davis KC 12 1 1 1 0 5 1 .083 .333 .417
Corey Kluber CLE 14 2 0 0 1 5 0 .143 .214 .414
Zach Miner SEA 17 3 0 2 0 0 0 .176 .235 .412
Scott Diamond MIN 12 2 0 0 1 1 0 .167 .167 .397
Darren O'Day BAL 11 1 0 0 1 8 0 .091 .182 .348
Jose Contreras TEX 14 2 0 2 0 1 0 .143 .143 .330
Alexi Ogando TEX 13 2 0 0 0 2 0 .154 .154 .308
Scott Baker TEX 29 3 0 3 2 6 0 .103 .138 .299
Joe Smith ANA 13 1 0 0 1 2 1 .077 .077 .220

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Billy Butler: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Butler is expected to see a significant increase in playing time at first base this season, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Butler went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.

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Butler went 2-for-3 with one RBI, a run scored and a walk against the Tigers on Friday.

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Butler went 5-for-5 -- all singles -- with an RBI and a run in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

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Butler went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the Mariners on Wednesday.

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Butler went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored against the Twins on Wednesday, stretching his hitting streak to six games.

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Butler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Twins on Tuesday.

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Butler went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored and two walks Monday against the Rays.

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Butler went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th home run of the season in Monday's 6-2 win over the Marlins.

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Butler continued his hot hitting Saturday, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI.

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Butler went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Thursday.

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Butler is not in the Royals lineup Friday at the Mets.

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Butler will likely be on the bench for all three games of this weekend's series against the Mets, the Kansas City Star reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Butler's career trajectory continued its ascent with a breakout season that saw him bat .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI over 161 games in 2012. He was easily the Royals' best and most consistent hitter, exhibiting strong plate discipline and above-average contact rates which led to an impressive .341 BABIP and subsequent .373 on-base percentage. He's made various improvements at the plate over the years and there is nothing in his batted ball data to indicate that he can't be even better, especially now in the prime of his career. Though used primarily as the team's designated hitter, Butler also increased his fantasy appeal with 20 appearances at first base, which grants him eligibility at the position in most leagues. Throw in the best nickname in baseball (Country Breakfast) and he's one of the hottest commodities at the corner infield in 2013.

2012

In many ways the Billy Butler of 2011 was the Billy Butler of 2009. He again was a doubles machine who posted a batting average over .290, hit close to 20 home runs, drove in over 90 runs, and did most of his damage in the second half of the season. The strides he made in 2010 in his pitch recognition were lost somewhat as he went back to swinging at more pitches (52 strikeouts to just 17 walks in the second half of the season). That said, 2012 could be the year Butler puts it all together and becomes a premier DH. At the bare minimum, he's a safe pick for a player entering his prime years, but take note that he only played 11 games at first base last season and may not qualify there in many leagues as a result.

2011

In many ways, 2010 was a career year for Butler, but he left fantasy owners wanting. He posted career highs in batting average, on-base percentage, plate appearances and walks, but his .151 ISO ranked 18th among major-league first baseman. He had just 11 home runs and 45 doubles with 78 RBI. Butler increased his walks and saw his strikeouts drop, and his new approach at the plate likely accounts for the power outage. Whether the complaints about the missing power this offseason are enough to sway Butler back to his old free-swinging ways remains to be seen.

2010

Large expectations followed Butler heading into the 2008 season which saw him struggle and receive a demotion to the minor leagues. Butler turned around his fortunes in 2009 with a breakout year. Hitting .301 with 21 homers and 93 RBI, Butler finished second in the majors with 51 doubles. Butler pounded opposing pitching in the second half of the season slugging .540 with an OPS of .925. Butler has the potential to be a top fantasy player and will look to continue his annihilation of American League pitching in 2010.

2009

Big things were expected for Butler, who was handed Kansas City's starting DH job after surprising as a call-up in 2007, and he seemed to be getting groomed to become the team's first baseman of the future. Instead, he wound up at Triple-A Omaha for a month after he hit just 11 doubles and one home run in his first 53 games. He returned at the end of June and hit .284/.320/.444 during his second stint with the team. He also showed some good plate discipline in the last 71 games, striking out just 31 times, but he did not walk all that much. He enters the 2009 season again labeled as the team's starting DH, and should see some time at first as well.

2008

Butler stuck with the big league club after his second callup in 2007, replacing Mike Sweeney at DH for 69 games, and then slid over to first base once Sweeney returned in September. He had a decent rookie campaign, hitting .292/.347/.447 with eight home runs and 52 RBI in 329 at-bats. There was some talk of him moving to first base for the 2008 campaign, but it looks like his iron glove will keep him at DH. His strong bat, patience at the plate (he had just 260 strikeouts over three-plus minor league seasons) and the fact he turns 22 at the start of the season suggest that he will be a productive member of the heart of the Royals' lineup for years to come.

2007

In 2006, Butler continued to show a good eye at the plate and hit for power. He finished with a .331 batting average, his lowest single-season mark since the Royals selected him in the first round of the 2004 draft. The only question left for Butler is when this Futures Game MVP will arrive in Kansas City. It could be as early as Opening Day in 2007, but new Royals GM Dayton Moore has professed to be patient with his young players. Moore also has a number of strong young outfield prospects to judge, such as Shane Costa, Chris Lubanski, Mitch Maier, Joey Gathright, David DeJesus and, possibly, Mark Teahen, but Butler is the best of the bunch at this point.

2006

He's only 20 years old, but Butler looks like the real thing. He'll have to be the real thing in the outfield, though, after moving there from third base in 2005 to quicken his path to the majors. The Royals try to be patient with their top prospects, but Butler could weasel his way onto the Major League club sometime in 2006. Once that happens, the Royals should no longer be looking for that coveted corner outfielder with power.

2005

The Royals appear to be drafting like a professional baseball franchise now after falling on their face in the first round in 1996 (Dee Brown), 1997 (Dan Reichert), 1998 (Jeff Austin, Matt Burch), 1999 (Kyle Snyder), 2000 (Mike Stodolka) and 2001 (Colt Griffin). With Zach Greinke (2002), Chris Lubanski (2003) and Butler (2004), the Royals are creating a core of talent that may pull them from the cellar. Butler's rookie-ball season was a monster, with a .373 average and 35 extra-base hits in 260 at-bats. He shows patience at the plate, good power and a high-average future. He's a work-in-progress at third and may shift to first at some point. Wherever he plays, he will hit.

2004

The high-schooler from Jacksonville projects to be a power hitter who is a third baseman currently but footwork combined with arm strength suggests a move to right field as a pro.