Kansas City Royals
current status: On roster
#16 DH | 6'1", 240 lbs. | Kansas City
Birth Date:April 18, 1986 (28 years old) Place of Birth:Orange Park, FL Hometown:Jacksonville, FL
Drafted:Drafted by Kansas City in 2004 (1st round).
Drafted:Drafted by Kansas City in 2004 (1st round).
|Assets:||Generates a strong line-drive swing with impressive power, despite a strange stance at the plate. Hits the ball hard to all fields. Is an excellent run-producer.|
|Flaws:||Can't contribute much on defense, and is considered somewhat of a liability at first base. Doesn't run very well, either. His home-run power leaves something to be desired.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent hitter and run producer.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Named to the All-Star Game||2012|
|Texas League (AA)||All-Star Team||2006|
|California League (A)||Rookie of the Year||2005|
|Class A+||All-Star Team||2005|
|California League (A)||All-Star Team||2005|
|Pioneer League (R)||All-Star Team||2004|
Movements & Injuries
|9/21/2011||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/22/2011||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a four-year contract.|
|9/08/2010||Right hand injury, day-to-day.|
|8/28/2010||Missed 1 game (right hand injury).|
|8/27/2010||Right hand injury, day-to-day.|
|3/04/2010||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|3/03/2009||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|6/28/2008||Recalled from Omaha (AAA).|
|5/29/2008||Optioned to Omaha (AAA).|
|3/02/2008||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|6/19/2007||Recalled from Omaha (AAA).|
|5/16/2007||Optioned to Omaha (AAA).|
|5/01/2007||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|3/24/2007||Assigned to the minor league camp by the Kansas City Royals.|
|6/07/2004||Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (14th overall) in 2004.|
Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler will have wide eyes, when Kansas City takes on the White Sox and Chris Sale on Wednesday night. | 09/17/2014 11:23 AM
NewsRoyals 1B/DH Billy Butler will have wide eyes, when Kansas City takes on the White Sox and Chris Sale on Wednesday night.
ImpactHe is a career .359 hitter (14-for-39) against Sale, with three homeruns and 10 RBI. Make sure Butler is in your lineup tonight.
Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler was not in Tuesday's starting lineup and isn't in Wednesday's either. | 09/10/2014 4:22 PM
NewsRoyals 1B/DH Billy Butler was not in Tuesday's starting lineup and isn't in Wednesday's either.
ImpactButler was hitting the ball in August, but September has been another story. He's batted just .159 for the past nine games. For the season he's batting .268 with nine homers and 59 RBI.
Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is not in Tuesday's starting lineup. | 09/09/2014 4:45 PM
NewsRoyals 1B/DH Billy Butler is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
ImpactButler was hitting the ball in August, but September is another story. He's batted .159 for the past nine games. For the season he's batting .268 with nine homers and 59 RBI.
Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler has gone 34-for-79 (.430) with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI against Tigers starter Justin Verlander in his career. | 09/08/2014 12:01 PM
NewsRoyals 1B/DH Billy Butler has gone 34-for-79 (.430) with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI against Tigers starter Justin Verlander in his career.
ImpactButler sees the ball very well against Verlander. His OPS against the former AL MVP is 1.064. Butler did not play against the Yankees on Saturday or Sunday but returns to the DH spot for this matchup on Monday.
Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is 5-for-8 in limited action versus Cleveland starter Danny Salazar. | 08/29/2014 10:28 AM
NewsRoyals 1B/DH Billy Butler is 5-for-8 in limited action versus Cleveland starter Danny Salazar.
Impact"Country Breakfast" has awaken after a cold first half and is hitting .291 with six homers and an .822 OPS in 39 games after the break.
Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at Texas. | 08/24/2014 6:38 PM
NewsRoyals 1B/DH Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at Texas.
ImpactAfter hitting .264 with 20 doubles, three homers and 36 RBI over his first 364 at-bats, Butler has batted .321 with seven doubles, five homers and 18 RBI in his last 106.
Royals DH Billy Butler is just a .103 hitter (3-for-29) against Texas right-hander Scott Baker. | 08/24/2014 11:19 AM
NewsRoyals DH Billy Butler is just a .103 hitter (3-for-29) against Texas right-hander Scott Baker.
ImpactButler hasn't had a good season, but has batted .329 in August with a season-high OPS of .888. Still, he might give way to Raul Ibanez who has always done well against Baker.
Royals DH Billy Butler has batted .329 with six doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 12 runs in August. | 08/23/2014 9:35 AM
NewsRoyals DH Billy Butler has batted .329 with six doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 12 runs in August.
ImpactButler hasn't had a good season, but he's better than he was in the first four months this year. Overall, he's hitting .279 with 27 doubles, eight homers, 53 RBI, 51 runs and a .718 OPS.
Royals DH Billy Butler rapped out another two hits and knocked in two runs as the Royals beat the Oakland A's 7-3. | 08/14/2014 6:36 PM
NewsRoyals DH Billy Butler rapped out another two hits and knocked in two runs as the Royals beat the Oakland A's 7-3.
ImpactButler is trying to turn around a horrible first half and is batting .333 for the month of August. He's still only hit six home runs after blasting a total of 44 over the past two seasons.
Royals DH Billy Butler went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Arizona. | 08/06/2014 12:04 PM
NewsRoyals DH Billy Butler went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Arizona.
ImpactButler has hit three home runs in his last 10 games but still has just six all season to go with 22 doubles, 44 RBI, 41 runs and a .701 OPS.
Royals DH Billy Butler has batted .333 with three doubles and a homer against Twins starter Phil Hughes. | 07/30/2014 12:43 PM
NewsRoyals DH Billy Butler has batted .333 with three doubles and a homer against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
ImpactButler (.271) has hit just five homers this season, though two of them came in the last four games.
M's have talked to Royals about Billy Butler | 07/15/2014 10:15 AM
NewsESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have talked to the Royals about a possible trade for Billy Butler.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactThe Mariners are looking far and wide for a bat, but they'd be buying low on Butler. While he has shown some signs of life since early June, he has hit just three home runs through 93 games this season. The Mariners have also reportedly showed interest in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Billy Butler knocks in three runs | 06/16/2014 11:42 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-4 with a three-run double Monday versus the Tigers.
ImpactButler has 10 hits and 10 RBI in his last six games, and he's batting .367 over his last 17 games. More homers would be nice, though he did finally hit his second on Saturday, but at least he is hitting again.
Butler smacks two-run homer vs. White Sox | 06/14/2014 5:41 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the White Sox.
ImpactIt was his second home run of the season and his first since May 2. Butler is 7-for-16 (.438) with seven RBI over his last four games, so perhaps he's finally coming out of his season-long slumber.
Butler has two hits, two RBI against Indians | 06/10/2014 11:16 PM
NewsBilly Butler had a two-run single and finished 2-for-4 in Tuesday's win over the Indians.
ImpactButler had two singles in his four at-bats, bringing his line up to .253/.303/.319. He's still sorely lacking in the power department, though -- Butler is stuck on one home run, which he hit on May 2, and the two runs batted in gave him 23 RBI on the year. It's not fun owning virtually any of the Royals for fantasy purposes these days.
Butler scores three times against White Sox | 05/21/2014 1:07 AM
NewsBilly Butler went 1-for-3 with three runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
ImpactButler walked twice and doubled, coming around to score all three times he was on base in the game. Country Breakfast is now 7-for-12 with two doubles and six runs scored in his last three games. He's been unable to find any consistent success at the plate thus far this season, but his recent performance has his line up to .253/.311/.321. We may be seeing Butler awake from his offensive slumber at long last.
Billy Butler goes 3-for-5 against White Sox | 05/20/2014 12:05 AM
NewsBilly Butler had a second straight three-hit game Monday against the White Sox.
ImpactButler has upped his average from .227 to .252 by going 6-for-9 the last two days. He's still stuck on one homer for the year, but things are looking up.
Billy Butler goes 3-for-4 versus Orioles | 05/18/2014 5:38 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored versus the Orioles on Sunday.
ImpactButler is hitting .268 with eight RBI in 17 games this month after finishing April at .224 with eight RBI in 26 games. So, it's an improvement. His fantasy value will remain limited until he starts hitting some homers again, but even baby steps are appreciated at this point.
Butler 0-for-4, numbers continues to freefall | 05/16/2014 11:00 PM
NewsBilly Butler's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Orioles with an 0-for-4 performance.
ImpactButler now has one hit in his last 16 plate appearances. The DH has not been able to get it going this season, only recently getting his OPS over .600. But Friday's performance drops it back down to .572. It goes without saying that Butler needs to pick it up sooner rather than later.
Butler clubs first homer in loss to Tigers | 05/02/2014 11:23 PM
NewsBilly Butler clubbed his first home run of the 2014 season in Friday's loss to the Tigers.
ImpactHis homer, a line drive to left field off Rick Porcello in the fourth inning, was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. He's hitting a paltry .236/.291/.302 with 11 RBI on the season and has been a big factor in the Royals early season struggles.
Billy Butler plates two to lead Royals Friday | 04/25/2014 10:52 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, leading the Royals to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles.
ImpactButler got the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the first inning and capped off the scoring with an RBI double in the ninth. While he's starting to show signs of life in recent days, he's still hitting just .207/.272/.244 with no homers and eight RBI on the year.
Billy Butler goes hitless from third spot | 04/24/2014 2:41 PM
NewsShifted in the lineup yet again, Billy Butler went 0-for-4 as the Royals' No. 3 hitter in Thursday's loss.
ImpactTo put it mildly, Ned Yost's latest attempt to juggle the lineup didn't have a quick payoff. Norichika Aoki, Eric Hosmer, Butler and Alex Gordon all went hitless from the top four spots in the lineup. Omar Infante, who had been batting second in between Aoki and Hosmer, went 1-for-3 and scored the team's lone run from the fifth spot. Butler's average tumbled back down to .196. He's still without a homer in 77 at-bats this year.
Butler, 2-for-4, continues climb out of slump | 04/22/2014 11:16 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Indians.
ImpactButler was ice cold to start the season, but has picked it up as of late, with three multi-hit games in his last four outings. If he keeps it up, it won't be too long until his OPS gets back over .600. He's at .538 now.
Billy Butler goes 0-for-4 in loss | 04/21/2014 10:25 PM
NewsReintroduced to the cleanup spot, Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Indians.
ImpactIt probably doesn't matter much; Salvador Perez, who was batting cleanup in Butler's place, went 0-for-4, too. Maybe the Royals really should bat Alcides Escobar fourth. OK, no, not really, but Butler has looked terrible and Perez is in quite a funk now, as well.
Billy Butler expected to move back to cleanup | 04/20/2014 5:39 PM
NewsBilly Butler is expected to move back to the cleanup spot in the Royals lineup on Monday.
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactWhile Butler has struggled to the tune of .213/.286/.230 on the season, he does have three hits in seven at-bats since being demoted in the lineup, so the shakeup appears to have done some good. Salvador Perez has gone hitless in two games since the switch though and doesn't look comfortable in the fourth slot, which could be the reason for the switch back.
Billy Butler reaches twice from sixth spot | 04/17/2014 11:44 PM
NewsDropped from the cleanup spot for the first time this season, Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday against the Astros.
ImpactThe move was overdue. It's not as if Butler was having a run-of-the-mill slump with his .149 average and no extra-base hits in 47 at-bats; his swing is so messed up that he hasn't been able to hit the ball in the air at all so far this season. The Royals should keep him in the lineup, for sure, but it's much better to give Salvador Perez a crack at the cleanup spot than to let Butler continue to kill rallies while's he's struggling.
Butler goes 2-for-4 against the A's | 03/12/2014 7:06 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Athletics lost to the Royals 3-1.
ImpactButler continues to hit, raising his Cactus League average to .375 in 32 at-bats. His power numbers declined last season but it was most likely an aberration.
Butler goes 2-for-3 against the Mariners | 03/10/2014 7:02 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored on Monday against the Mariners.
ImpactButler has been swinging the bat well for the Royals in the Cactus League. Monday's effort boosted his spring average to .385. Last season, Butler posted a sub-.800 OPS for the first time since 2008, thanks to a noticeable loss of power, but should be able to make at least a partial recovery going forward.
Billy Butler to play more first base in 2014 | 03/04/2014 8:43 AM
NewsBilly Butler will play more first base this season.
Kansas City Star
Impact"I want to try to give him as much opportunity to play over there as I can," manager Ned Yost said Monday in Royals camp. Butler made only seven starts at first base in 2013. He made 150 starts at designated hitter. A little more time in the field should only boost his fantasy and free agent value.
Royals GM: Butler rumors merely 'rhetoric' | 12/18/2013 10:08 AM
NewsRoyals general manager Dayton Moore said on Tuesday that Billy Butler trade rumors are "just all Hot Stove rhetoric."
Kansas City Star
Impact"It's not different than you hear other players throughout the league who are potentially going to be moved," Moore said. Butler, who is owed an $8 million salary in 2014 and and $12 million in 2015, slashed .289/.374/.412 with 15 homers and 82 RBI in 162 games this past summer for Kansas City. The 27-year-old designated hitter smacked 29 homers in 2012. "We think Billy has been a terrific hitter, and Billy is a terrific hitter," Moore said. "And he's going to continue to hit. That's what Billy does."
Royals, Blue Jays have talked Butler trade | 12/12/2013 8:22 PM
NewsJeff Blair of the Globe and Mail reports that the Blue Jays have discussed a trade with the Royals involving Billy Butler.
Jeff Blair on Twitter
ImpactBlair says Toronto would receive "prospects plus Butler," but the talks haven't "moved beyond the discussion stage." It's not clear what Kansas City would receive in the deal. With Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind already on the roster as first base/DH options, the Blue Jays seems likely to trade for Butler only if they can also deal Lind.
Mariners among teams with interest in Butler | 11/14/2013 8:58 AM
NewsAccording to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are among the teams with interest in Billy Butler.
ImpactIt seems like the M's have been connected to every available hitter, so this may simply be a case of due diligence. ESPN's Buster Olney reported in October that the Royals are willing to trade Butler, who is owed $8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015. The 27-year-old designated hitter batted .289/.374/.412 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI in 162 games this past summer for Kansas City.
Royals will listen to offers for Billy Butler | 10/22/2013 2:54 PM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Royals are ready to listen to offers for Billy Butler.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactThe Royals would be selling somewhat low, as Butler only hit 15 homers this season after a career-high 29 in 2012. He's best suited as a DH, so the market could be limited, but the Royals figure to get some calls. Butler is still owed $8 million next season and $12 million in 2015.
Billy Butler has three hits, two RBI in win | 09/27/2013 11:01 PM
NewsBilly Butler went went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored Friday in a win over the White Sox.
ImpactButler had two RBI over his previous 12 games combined. He hasn't homered since August 27.
Butler homers in second straight, Royals win | 08/28/2013 12:54 AM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.
ImpactButler homered in his second straight game, giving him 14 on the year. The 27-year-old is red hot over his last five games, going 10-for-21 (.476) with four multi-hit games in that span. The streak has brought his season line up to .296/.388/.438.
Billy Butler hits 11th homer in Royals' win | 08/12/2013 11:31 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer against the Marlins on Monday.
ImpactButler has found his stroke, going 12-for-25 with two homers and four doubles in his last six games. His OPS is up to .809, the highest it's been since mid-May, and we'd expect it to keep climbing.
Billy Butler will sit out this weekend | 08/01/2013 9:01 PM
NewsBilly Butler will not start any of the three games during this weekend's series against the Mets.
Kansas City Star
ImpactThe Royals are losing the designated hitter, and with Eric Hosmer sporting a red-hot bat, Butler will be limited to pinch-hitting duties. It will also give the DH a chance to rest his nagging neck ailment.
Billy Butler playing with stiff neck | 07/31/2013 10:36 PM
NewsBilly Butler has been playing through neck stiffness.
ImpactButler isn't sure how he suffered the injury. "I can't really tell you anything. It's not from anything, it's just not moving very well," Butler said. The DH added that he "couldn't quite get turned to the pitcher (Tuesday) night. It's not feeling very good." Despite not being 100 percent, Butler plans to continue playing through the ailment.
Billy Butler homers, doubles in victory | 07/25/2013 11:42 PM
NewsBilly Butler homered and doubled against the Orioles on Thursday.
ImpactButler is 9-for-26 since the break. His homer tonight was just his third at home this season. He's hit six away from Kauffman Stadium.
Billy Butler homers against Yankees | 07/08/2013 11:24 PM
NewsBilly Butler, who opened July in a 3-for-24 slump, homered and walked Monday against the Yankees.
ImpactButler hit .323 in June, but that came with just one homer. He's going to go on a real tear at some point and boost those power numbers. Right now, he's sitting at seven homers after finishing with 29 last year.
Billy Butler plates three runs to lead Royals | 06/14/2013 10:42 PM
NewsBilly Butler led the Royals' offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with three RBI in Friday's 7-2 victory over the Rays.
ImpactButler got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first inning. He then tacked on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and capped off the offensive onslaught with an RBI single in the ninth. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .277/.383/.405 on the season with five homers and 37 RBI.
Butler has go-ahead double in win over Astros | 06/07/2013 11:29 PM
NewsBilly Butler delivered a go-ahead double in the eighth inning Friday as part of a 4-2 win over the Astros.
ImpactHe actually had two doubles on the night. Butler now has three straight multi-hit games and has driven in one run in each of them. He had just two hits over his previous six games behind. While it's been a struggle for him so far this season, we're expecting better days ahead.
Billy Butler homers, doubles for Royals | 05/15/2013 12:58 AM
NewsBilly Butler followed up Monday's 5-for-5 game by collecting a solo homer and an RBI double Tuesday against the Angels.
ImpactOf course, Butler is hot now, and he's capable of staying that way for a while. But there's also been a subtle change recently that's given him a little more fantasy value. Now that Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field, he can't well pinch-run for Butler in the late innings of games. Last year, Butler was driven in just 43 times all season, a ridiculously low total for a No. 3-No. 4 hitter. He'll never be a big asset in that category, but he will score a few more times this year if he's not run for so often.
Butler goes 5-for-5 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored | 05/14/2013 3:12 AM
NewsBilly Butler abused the Angels on Monday, going 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, five RBI and two runs scored in an 11-4 win.
ImpactA welcome sign for his owners, whom Butler had frustrated to the tune of a .228 average and only four homers entering Monday's game. His monster contest raised his average by 33 points, from .228 to .261, and pulled Butler out of a 2-for-23 valley.
Billy Butler tallies fourth home run in loss | 05/11/2013 9:54 PM
NewsBilly Butler swatted his fourth homer of the year but it wasn't enough to overcome the Yankees on Saturday.
ImpactThe solo shot off Andy Pettitte in the fourth inning was Butler's only hit in four at-bats. He's off to a bit of a slow start this season, now batting .236/.361/.391 with four homers and 20 RBI through 33 games. A career .298/.362/.464 hitter, he should come alive soon.
Butler delivers three hits, Royals best Rays | 05/02/2013 12:20 AM
NewsBilly Butler went 3-for-5 Wednesday in the Royals' 9-8 victory over the Rays.
ImpactButler got off to a slow start but has been heating up in recent weeks, batting .361 (13-for-36) in his past 10 games. His power stroke is still missing -- he's hit just three home runs through 25 games -- but that will come with time, too. In his prime and with a good lineup around him, Butler is still a must-start in all formats.
Butler drives in seven, Royals beat Phillies | 04/07/2013 5:19 PM
NewsBilly Butler drove in seven runs Sunday as the Royals topped the Phillies by a score of 9-8.
ImpactButler was a monster, smashing a grand slam in the fifth inning and a two-run single in the sixth. He also drove in a run on a groundout in the third. The 26-year-old is poised to do big things all year at the plate.
Billy Butler will play in NL parks | 04/04/2013 9:45 PM
NewsRoyals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will be in the lineup for all three games of the weekend series in Philadelphia.
Kansas City Star
ImpactThe Royals are losing the DH, but Butler will slide into the lineup at first base. Eric Hosmer could play right field, though with the Phillies starting a pair of left-handers in John Lannan and Cole Hamels, he might be on the bench a couple days.
Billy Butler connects for second home run | 03/23/2013 7:47 PM
NewsBilly Butler hit his second home run of the spring in Saturday's 11-10 win over the Diamondbacks.
ImpactButler also scored two runs on the afternoon. The big designated hitter will occupy the middle of the Royals lineup in 2013.
Butler knocks in three in win over D-Backs | 02/25/2013 7:06 PM
NewsBilly Butler went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 16-4 blowout win over the Diamondbacks.
ImpactButler had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and a two-run double in the fourth. Fresh off a year in which he established new career-highs with 29 home runs and 107 RBI, the 26-year-old should be considered a top-10 fantasy first baseman.
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||6||at Tor||May 29||5|
|Runs||3||2 times-last: at Tor||last: May 30||3|
|Hits||4||at Ari||Aug 5||5|
|Doubles||2||at Det||Jun 19||2|
|Home Runs||1||9 times-last: at Tex||last: Aug 24||1|
|Total Bases||8||at Ari||Aug 5||7|
|Extra-Base Hits||2||2 times-last: at Ari||last: Aug 5||2|
|Runs Batted In||3||3 times-last: vs. SF||last: Aug 8||7|
|Base on Balls||2||5 times-last: vs. Min||last: Aug 28||3|
|Times on Base||4||2 times-last: vs. Min||last: Aug 28||5|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||614||2012 (KC)|
|Home Runs||29||2012 (KC)|
|Total Bases||313||2012 (KC)|
|Extra-Base Hits||73||2009 (KC)|
|Runs Batted In||107||2012 (KC)|
|Base on Balls||79||2013 (KC)|
|Times on Base||263||2010 (KC)|
|Stolen Bases||2||2 times-last: 2012 (KC)|
|Caught Stealing||1||3 times-last: 2012 (KC)|
|Batting Average||.318||2010 (KC)|
|On Base Percentage||.388||2010 (KC)|
|Slugging Percentage||.510||2012 (KC)|