Joey Butler

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Joey Butler
Butler with the St. Louis Cardinals
Orix Buffaloes – No. 39
Born: (1986-03-12) March 12, 1986 (age 28)
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 7, 2013 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through May 18, 2014)
Batting average .235
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1

Joseph Frank Butler (born March 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.


Texas Rangers[edit]

Butler was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

The Rangers called Butler up to the majors for the first time on August 5, 2013.[2] Butler was optioned back to the Triple-A Round Rock Express on August 10 to make room for Alex Ríos. He was recalled on September 3 when major league rosters expanded, and designated for assignment on September 30.[3]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals on October 3, 2013.[4]

He made his Cardinals' debut on May 10, 2014, after getting called up on May 9. He struck out, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning at Pittsburgh.

Orix Buffaloes[edit]

He was given his outright release by the Cardinals, and his contract purchased by the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball League of Japan on May 23, 2014.[5]


  1. ^ Wills, Todd (October 3, 2013). "Cardinals claim Butler from Rangers". Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Texas Rangers add Joey Butler, designate Adam Rosales for assignment
  3. ^ Grant, Evan (September 30, 2013). "Texas Rangers to hit Nelson Cruz sixth as DH; Joey Butler designated for assignment". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wills, Todd (October 3, 2013). "Cardinals claim Butler from Rangers". Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Off Cards' 40-man roster, Butler heads to Japan". May 23, 2014. 

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