Drew Butera, Catcher, Kansas City Royals, #9
Date of Birth: 8/9/1983
Birthplace: Evansville, Illinois
College: University of Central Florida
Drew Butera, catcher for the Kansas City Royals, is the son of catcher Sal Butera, who played in the major leagues from 1980 through 1988. The younger Butera was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 but he didn't sign with them. Three years later, he started his professional baseball career when he was drafted by the New York Mets. He played in the Mets' minor league system from 2005 until they traded him to the Minnesota Twins in 2007. He then continued in the Twins' minor league system until 2010, joining the Twins for 49 games that year.
Butera played in 93 games with the Twins in 2011. He batted just .167 but defensively, he fared much better. He made 38 assists, 418 putouts, and 5 errors with a .989 fielding percentage.
After just two games with the Twins in 2013, they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of July. He played in four games with the Dodgers in 2013, spending the rest of the time in the minor leagues. He finished the 2014 season with 32 hits and a .188 batting average in 61 games. He didn't play with the Dodgers in the postseason.
On December 5, 2014, Butera was designated for assignment. Four days later, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels traded him to the Royals on May 7, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 21 hits and a .196 batting average in 10 games with the Angels and 45 games with the Royals. As a catcher in 49 games, he made 17 assists, 211 putouts, and 4 errors. He caught players trying to steal 37.5% of the time and he had a .983 fielding percentage. In postseason play, he had no hits and one walk in one at-bat.
Butera played in just 56 games with the Royals in 2016. He batted .285 with 35 hits, including 10 doubles and 4 home runs.
The Royals and Butera agreed on a two-year, $3.8 million contract on November 18, 2016. He played in 75 games in 2017 and he had a .227 batting average with 37 hits. Defensively, as the Royals' catcher in 74 games, he made 18 assists, 397 putouts, and 2 errors. He caught players trying to steal 25% of the time.
Career batting statistics for Butera through 2017 include:
- 437 games played
- 215 hits
- 90 RBIs
- 242 strikeouts to 67 walks
- .203 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Butera as a catcher through 2017 include:
- 416 games played
- 160 assists
- 2,297 putouts
- 23 errors
- .315 caught stealing percentage
- .991 fielding percentage