27-Year-Old Catcher – Boston Red Sox
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Butler spent a full season at Triple-A Pawtucket, splitting catching duties with Ryan Lavarnway, and produced his best hitting season. The result was a career-high 14 homers, and Butler maintained the...
Dan Butler Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with Boston in March 2014.
Butler has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsBadenhop, Burke (P)
AAABarnes, Matt (P)
AABetts, Mookie (2B)
A+Dent, Ryan (SS)
ACallahan, Jamie (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Butler is considered an advanced defensive catcher, with the requisite leadership skills needed for the position. His improvement as a backstop over the last few seasons raised his profile within the organization and prompted the team to add him to the 40-man roster. Offensively, there's still some work to be done. He's expected to work in tandem with Ryan Lavarnway at Triple-A Pawtucket, but his long-term future in Boston is unclear. The organization doesn't have a certain candidate to open the 2014 at catcher, so Butler has an opportunity to advance, but his bat might be hindrance. He projects as a backup in the major leagues.
Butler was signed as undrafted free agent in 2009 and has been working his way through the lower levels of Boston's organization. He's noted as a game-caller and has all the requisite tools -- good footwork, quick reaction, handling balls in the dirt -- to be a fine defensive catcher. Offensively, he has a good approach at the plate and hit .310 between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem in 2010. The four-year collegiate is older for these levels of the minors, so he's probably not being tested by its pitching. His potential career as a major-leaguer will become clearer when he reaches the higher levels.