Butera with the Minnesota Twins
|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 31|
August 9, 1983 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 9, 2010 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||41|
Andrew "Drew" Edward Butera (born August 9, 1983) is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m), 210 pounds (95 kg) right-hander is the son of former major league catcher Sal Butera.
Upon graduation from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida, Butera was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 48th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Central Florida by the New York Mets.
New York Mets
In 2007, Butera batted .258 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in for the St. Lucie Mets to be named a Florida State League All-Star. Following the All-Star game, Butera was promoted to the double-A Binghamton Mets. After a month at Binghamton, he was dealt to the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline along with Dustin Martin for second baseman Luis Castillo.
On November 19, 2008, he was added to the Twins' 40 man roster.
After playing winter ball with Lobos de Arecibo of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico, Butera made the Twins out of spring training in 2010. He made his major league debut on April 9, 2010 against the Chicago White Sox, and got his first major league hit against the Cleveland Indians on April 22, 2010. He hit his first MLB career home run in a 13–10 eleven-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 19. As the Twins backup catcher he appeared in only 49 games in 2010, hitting .197. He got more playing time in 2011, because of injuries to Joe Mauer, and hit .167 in 93 games.
On May 3, 2011 Butera caught Francisco Liriano's no-hitter.
On May 20, 2012, Butera pitched the eighth inning of the Twins 16–4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Butera pitched a scoreless inning, issuing a walk and striking out Carlos Gomez. He threw a fastball and a changeup.
In 2013 he played for the Italy national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. When the regular season started he only appeared in 2 games for the Twins, spending most of his time with Rochester, where he hit .229 in 26 games.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On July 31, 2013, Butera was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. He was then optioned to AAA Albuquerque. In 16 games with the Isotopes, he hit .135. The Dodgers called him up on September 1. He appeared in just five games for the Dodgers and had one hit in seven at bats.
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- Matthew Pouliot (2013-07-31). "Dodgers acquire catcher Drew Butera from Twins". NBC Sports.
- The Associated Press (2013-07-31). "Twins trade catcher Drew Butera to Dodgers". Yahoo! Sports.
- Jaffe, Jay. "Backup catcher Drew Butera impresses on the mound for Dodgers". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Drew Butera on Twitter