Joey Butler

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Joey Butler
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Butler with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014
Cleveland Indians
Designated hitter / Left fielder
Born: (1986-03-12) March 12, 1986 (age 30)
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 7, 2013, for the Texas Rangers
NPB: July 1, 2014, for the Orix Buffaloes
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .274
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 31
NPB statistics
Batting average .231
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 6
Hits 12
Teams

Joseph Frank Butler (born March 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball designated hitter and left fielder in the Cleveland Indians organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and St. Louis Cardinals and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Orix Buffaloes.

Background[edit]

Born and raised in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Butler attended Pascagoula High School. For the Pascagoula Panthers, Butler played baseball, football, and basketball.[1] A standout athlete, Butler later attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before transferring to the University of New Orleans. At New Orleans, Butler was teammates with Johnny Giavotella, and the school made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.[2] In his two seasons at New Orleans, Butler had a batting line of .342/.403/.541 in 119 games.[3]

Career[edit]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Butler was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, as a right fielder.[4] Despite hitting exceptionally well in college, scouts were concerned with Butler's defensive abilities.[5]

The Rangers called Butler up to the majors for the first time on August 5, 2013.[6] 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.[7]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals on October 3, 2013.[8]

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]

Butler batting for the Orix Buffaloes in 2014

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.[9] In 21 games as a right fielder for the Buffaloes, Butler hit .231 with two home runs and six RBIs.[10]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On January 10, 2015 Butler signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit his first MLB home run, May 4 against the Boston Red Sox.[11]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Butler was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians on December 7, 2015. After failing to make the 25-man roster out of spring training, Butler was optioned to the AAA Columbus Clippers. Butler was designated for assignment on July 31, 2016 to make room on the 40-man roster for Andrew Miller.

Personal life[edit]

Butler is married and has two children, a daughter and a son.[12]

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