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Portrait of Joey Butler

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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .257 7 28 30 2 .256 0.8
Birth Date3-12-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age30 years, 11 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22013
-0.12014
0.12015
2016
0.82017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2013 TEX 27 8 15 12 3 4 2 0 0 6 3 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .467 .500 .348 1.8 -0.2 0.2
2014 SLN 28 6 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .106 -0.9 -0.2 -0.1
2015 TBA 29 88 276 257 30 71 12 0 8 107 16 82 3 0 0 30 5 2 .276 .326 .416 .253 0.9 0.5 0.1
Career1022972743375140811320913003152.274.330.412.2541.80.10.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 SPO A- 62 271 .313 .262 .349 .378 .263 .381 101 16.8 8.4 -3.1 -3.0 -2.3 19.7 1.7 19.7 1.7
2009 BAK A+ 134 574 .274 .263 .334 .399 .265 .368 98 9.3 17.6 -5.9 -11.6 -3.3 17.7 0.6 17.7 0.6
2010 FRI AA 132 573 .266 .259 .335 .381 .261 .345 96 4.1 17.0 -6.4 -3.9 1.3 16.0 1.2 16.0 1.2
2011 FRI AA 13 55 .263 .281 .349 .440 .266 .308 109 0.2 1.6 -0.6 -1.9 0.9 2.2 0.0 2.2 0.0
2011 ROU AAA 113 474 .289 .280 .348 .439 .265 .451 103 16.1 14.7 -4 -8.7 2.9 29.7 2.0 29.7 2.0
2012 ROU AAA 137 584 .315 .277 .340 .429 .270 .351 95 36.3 17.4 -6 -12.1 -1.6 46.0 3.4 46.0 3.4
2012 MAZ Wnt 25 104 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TEX MLB 8 15 .348 .250 .328 .411 .275 .667 97 1.3 0.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.3 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2013 ROU AAA 119 505 .306 .260 .334 .397 .265 .376 92 25.4 14.5 -5.2 -4.7 -3.9 30.9 2.7 30.9 2.7
2014 SLN MLB 6 6 .106 .237 .322 .312 .257 .000 104 -0.9 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2014 MEM AAA 31 106 .368 .269 .335 .411 .266 .409 94 12.9 3.1 -1.1 -1.5 1.0 15.9 1.4 15.9 1.4
2015 TBA MLB 88 276 .253 .254 .312 .407 .256 .377 100 -2 7.4 -3.4 0.5 -1.1 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2015 DUR AAA 31 137 .347 .260 .324 .380 .256 .410 97 12.5 3.8 -1.6 -1.7 1.4 16.2 1.5 16.2 1.5
2016 COH AAA 118 465 .240 .255 .317 .383 .255 .303 104 -9.8 13.0 -4.6 6.1 0.9 -0.4 0.6 -0.4 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 SPO A- 271 35 68 8 5 4 31 40 54 9 4 .301 .417 .434 .133 .313 19.7 -3.0 1.7
2009 BAK A+ 574 82 146 33 1 12 76 46 146 6 4 .280 .344 .416 .136 .274 17.7 -11.6 0.6
2010 FRI AA 573 67 143 26 6 10 58 47 120 8 6 .277 .343 .409 .132 .266 16.0 -3.9 1.2
2011 FRI AA 55 11 10 1 0 2 4 7 16 2 1 .227 .382 .386 .159 .263 2.2 -1.9 0.0
2011 ROU AAA 474 73 137 27 5 12 57 43 138 13 4 .322 .388 .493 .171 .289 29.7 -8.7 2.0
2012 MAZ Wnt 104 11 18 5 0 1 5 14 24 1 3 .207 .330 .299 .092 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ROU AAA 584 93 143 28 1 20 78 79 128 6 4 .290 .392 .473 .183 .315 46.0 -12.1 3.4
2013 TEX MLB 15 3 4 2 0 0 1 3 6 0 0 .333 .467 .500 .167 .348 1.8 -0.2 0.2
2013 ROU AAA 505 71 124 26 0 12 51 69 119 1 2 .291 .395 .437 .146 .306 30.9 -4.7 2.7
2014 MEM AAA 106 16 31 4 0 4 20 19 16 0 0 .360 .481 .547 .186 .368 15.9 -1.5 1.4
2014 SLN MLB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 .106 -0.9 -0.2 -0.1
2015 DUR AAA 137 21 40 9 1 6 24 14 31 0 0 .333 .416 .575 .242 .347 16.2 -1.7 1.5
2015 TBA MLB 276 30 71 12 0 8 30 16 82 5 2 .276 .326 .416 .140 .253 0.9 0.5 0.1
2016 COH AAA 465 54 99 15 2 8 42 45 106 4 1 .240 .318 .344 .104 .240 -0.4 6.1 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2013 66 0.4091 0.4394 0.5862 0.6296 0.3077 0.5882 0.5833 0.4138 33 -0.002749
2014 26 0.5000 0.5385 0.6429 0.6923 0.3846 0.7778 0.4000 0.3571 9 -0.001456
2015 1057 0.4740 0.5213 0.6479 0.7325 0.3309 0.7520 0.4402 0.3521 428 0.001386
Career11490.47090.5170.64420.72570.33080.74320.44750.3558395.82940.0011

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 WAS $
2016 CLE $
2015 TBA $
2014 SLN $
2013 SLN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 31 dFrye McCann1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/10/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/16. DFA by Cleveland 7/31/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/5/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Tampa Bay 1/3/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Tampa Bay 5/3/15. Claimed off waivers by Cleveland 12/7/15 after being DFA by Tampa Bay 12/3/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by St. Louis 3/27/14. Contract selected by St. Louis 5/9/14. Released by St. Louis 5/23/14 (rights sold to Orix of Japan).
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Texas 8/5/13. Claimed by St. Louis off waivers 10/3/13 after being DFA by Texas 9/30/13.
  • Drafted by Texas 2008 (15-453) (New Orleans).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 314 42 83 17 1 11 41 37 77 2 1 .304 .392 .488 .299 18.8 LF 1, RF 1 2.2
80o 292 38 73 15 1 9 37 33 74 2 1 .288 .373 .462 .285 13.3 LF 1, RF 1 1.6
70o 276 35 66 13 0 9 34 30 72 2 1 .276 .360 .443 .275 9.8 LF 1, RF 1 1.2
60o 263 32 61 12 0 8 31 28 69 2 1 .266 .349 .428 .266 7.0 LF 1, RF 1 0.9
50o 250 30 55 11 0 7 29 26 67 2 1 .257 .338 .413 .258 4.6 LF 1, RF 1 0.6
40o 237 27 52 11 0 7 27 24 65 2 1 .248 .328 .398 .250 2.4 LF 1, RF 1 0.4
30o 224 25 47 10 0 6 24 21 62 1 1 .239 .316 .383 .242 0.3 LF 1, RF 1 0.2
20o 208 22 42 9 0 5 22 19 59 1 0 .228 .303 .365 .231 -1.8 LF 1, RF 0 -0.1
10o 186 19 36 7 0 5 19 16 54 1 0 .213 .285 .340 .217 -4.3 LF 1, RF 0 -0.4
Weighted Mean2563159120830276821.261.343.420.2625.7LF 1, RF 10.8

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201832234295111072724641.248.330.403.2490.42.1-0.5-0.76.1-2.71.2
201933217274810062522590.250.332.399.2480.31.8-0.5-0.85.6-2.61.1
20203420626459062421560.252.334.404.2500.32.0-0.5-0.85.3-2.01.1
20213518523408052119510.250.330.397.2470.21.2-0.4-0.74.8-2.41.0
20223617021377051917470.249.328.395.2460.20.8-0.4-0.74.4-2.50.9
20233716720367051917460.247.327.390.2450.20.6-0.4-0.84.3-2.60.9
20243815919347041816440.246.326.387.2430.10.3-0.4-0.84.1-2.70.8
20253915118326041715420.245.324.384.2420.1-0.0-0.4-0.83.9-2.80.8
20264014217316041514400.243.322.380.2400.1-0.3-0.3-0.83.7-2.90.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 George Lombard 2007 .000 DNP
2 85 Cole Gillespie 2015 .269
3 83 Brian Bogusevic 2015 .244
4 82 Jeremy Hermida 2015 .000 DNP
5 82 Jerad Head 2014 .000 DNP
6 81 Andres Torres 2009 .308
7 81 Jason Repko 2012 .073
8 81 Trent Oeltjen 2014 .000 DNP
9 80 Josh Fields 2014 .000 DNP
10 80 Jeff Bailey 2010 .000 DNP
11 79 Chris Dickerson 2013 .247
12 79 Darnell McDonald 2010 .259
13 79 Josh Satin 2016 .000 DNP
14 79 Jeff Salazar 2012 .000 DNP
15 78 Justin Leone 2008 .000 DNP
16 78 Shelley Duncan 2011 .280
17 78 Hector Luna 2011 .000 DNP
18 78 Jason Dubois 2010 .000 DNP
19 78 Alejandro Freire 2006 .000 DNP
20 78 Marquez Smith 2016 .000 DNP
21 78 Jason Pridie 2015 .062
22 77 Dewayne Wise 2009 .216
23 77 Justin Ruggiano 2013 .253
24 77 Brooks Conrad 2011 .266
25 77 Chad Allen 2006 .000 DNP
26 77 Danny Ardoin 2006 .166
27 77 Matt Carson 2013 .562
28 77 Paul McAnulty 2012 .000 DNP
29 77 Anthony Seratelli 2014 .000 DNP
30 77 John Mayberry 2015 .198
31 77 Mark Minicozzi 2014 .000 DNP
32 77 Brandon Boggs 2014 .000 DNP
33 77 Drew Sutton 2014 .000 DNP
34 76 Ryan Langerhans 2011 .273
35 76 Clete Thomas 2015 .000 DNP
36 76 Luis Antonio Jimenez 2013 .000 DNP
37 76 Andy Phillips 2008 .240
38 76 Lou Montanez 2013 .000 DNP
39 76 Scott Seabol 2006 .000 DNP
40 76 Scott Moore 2015 .000 DNP
41 76 Chris Shelton 2011 .000 DNP
42 76 Doug Clark 2007 .000 DNP
43 76 Chris Colabello 2015 .304
44 76 Steve Tolleson 2015 .265
45 76 Tyler Greene 2015 .000 DNP
46 76 Kevin Barker 2007 .000 DNP
47 75 Brock Peterson 2015 .000 DNP
48 75 Matt Diaz 2009 .307
49 75 Hector Gimenez 2014 .000 DNP
50 75 Laynce Nix 2012 .267
51 75 Nolan Reimold 2015 .260
52 75 Bobby Scales 2009 .241
53 75 Justin Christian 2011 .268
54 74 Emil Brown 2006 .264
55 74 Travis Ishikawa 2015 .220
56 74 Daniel Dorn 2016 .000 DNP
57 74 Clint Robinson 2016 .254
58 74 Terrmel Sledge 2008 .000 DNP
59 74 Randy Ruiz 2009 .315
60 74 Robby Hammock 2008 .194
61 74 Andy Marte 2015 .000 DNP
62 74 Brad Nelson 2014 .000 DNP
63 74 Micah Hoffpauir 2011 .000 DNP
64 74 Fred Lewis 2012 .197
65 74 Jeff Liefer 2006 .000 DNP
66 74 Scott Hairston 2011 .278
67 73 Edgar Gonzalez 2009 .250
68 73 Erik Kratz 2011 .300
69 73 Brian Bixler 2014 .000 DNP
70 73 Mike Rivera 2008 .269
71 73 Alejandro De Aza 2015 .274
72 73 Josh Rodriguez 2016 .000 DNP
73 73 Steve Pearce 2014 .344
74 73 John Gall 2009 .000 DNP
75 73 Graham Koonce 2006 .000 DNP
76 73 Anthony Recker 2015 .180
77 73 Brad Eldred 2012 .245
78 73 Josh Phelps 2009 .000 DNP
79 73 Chris Denorfia 2012 .286
80 73 Nick Gorneault 2010 .000 DNP
81 72 Eugenio Velez 2013 .000 DNP
82 72 Quintin Berry 2016 .000 DNP
83 72 Donnie Murphy 2014 .235
84 72 Oscar Salazar 2009 .282
85 72 Chris Gimenez 2014 .233
86 72 Justin Maxwell 2015 .233
87 72 Brennan Boesch 2016 .000 DNP
88 72 Matt McBride 2016 .184
89 72 Vinny Rottino 2011 .189
90 72 Brad Snyder 2013 .000 DNP
91 72 Marcus Thames 2008 .280
92 72 Barbaro Canizares 2011 .000 DNP
93 72 Keith Ginter 2007 .000 DNP
94 72 Dee Brown 2009 .000 DNP
95 72 Valentino Pascucci 2010 .000 DNP
96 71 Robinson Chirinos 2015 .265
97 71 Adam Stern 2011 .000 DNP
98 71 Jonny Gomes 2012 .318
99 71 Ed Lucas 2013 .243
100 71 Kevin Witt 2007 .000 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 There was a moment in late June when Rays manager Kevin Cash said he was considering (with apparent sincerity) commissioning t-shirts that had Butler's face on the front and a koan on the back: Joey Can Hit. Butler had a .325/.368/.497 line at the time. But if those shirts were ever made, they likely ended up in the same shipping containers as the Super Bowl XLIX Champion Seattle Seahawks merch. That very night, Butler went 0-for-4, then went into a tailspin befitting his Quad-A profile and org-soldier résumé. He hit .191/.255/.277 in 102 PA the rest of the way, including his two-homer game in the season's finale. Cleveland will give him a shot, if not quite yet a shirt.
2014 Joey Butler appeared to get his big break when Nelson Cruz's Biogenesis suspension opened a spot for a right-hand-hitting corner outfield/DH type. Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, the Rangers acquired Alex Rios just a few days later, and Butler was thus returned to Round Rock to finish out his third straight season with the Express. While Butler has put up solid offensive numbers in Triple-A, he is considered a sub-par defender in right field, and there are questions about whether he has the bat speed to handle major-league velocity. The Cardinals claimed him on waivers in October, so he will no doubt start hitting .300 with 20 homers in the bigs after they sprinkle him with their magic Cardinal farm system dust.
2013 More organizational player than prospect, 26-year-old outfielder Joey Butler has posted two consecutive big seasons in Triple-A, but struggles to make contact.
2012 An organizational player for most of his most of his career, 25 year-old outfielder Joey Butler exploded in 2011, hitting .322/.388/.493 in a full-season at the Triple-A level. Seen by most as a Four-A type rather than a legit major league option, Butler will keep trying to earn that shot at the bigs.

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 22Mike Gianella2015-09-01
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Fantasy Rounders: Immune to the PlatoonDoug Thorburn2015-07-22
PECOTA Day 2.0: Rest-of-Season Movers and ShakersMatthew Trueblood2015-07-16
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: June 2, 2015Steven Jacobson2015-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessRelease Points: Hey, Psst, Offense Might Be Creeping UpDan Rozenson2015-06-25
Fantasy Rounders: The Butler Did ItDoug Thorburn2015-06-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 11J.J. Jansons2015-06-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 11Keith Cromer2015-06-12
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 57: Is It Time To Make The Big Trade?Mike Gianella2015-06-11
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 57: Is It Time To Make The Big Trade?Bret Sayre2015-06-11
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 57: Is It Time To Make The Big Trade?George Bissell2015-06-11
Expert FAAB Review: Week 10Mike Gianella2015-06-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Coming Up RosalesNick Shlain2015-06-02
Expert FAAB Review: Week SixMike Gianella2015-05-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week SixKeith Cromer2015-05-11
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDeep League Report: Week FiveKeith Cromer2015-05-08
BP Unfiltered: Very Important Player We Missed: James JonesSam Miller2014-05-21
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersBen Murphy2014-02-21
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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 3, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-03
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Having a hard time buying the Indians OF next year. They have always been higher on Tyler Nanquin than the rest of the world. Where would you place him amount Abraham Almonte, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Collin Cowgill, Joey Butler, and Shane Robinson next season?
(Truganini from CO)
Well, that's not exactly man inspiring group, is it? I'd probably plays him right below Chisenhall, though I should probably start treating Chisenhall with so much adoration. Davis is...well he's Rajaj Davis. The rest of those guys aren't very good. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)How were the following guys as prospects: Joey Butler, Joe Panik, Steven Souza
(Q from Brooklyn)
Panik was seen as a second division second basemen or utility player as late as this past winter, in some circles. Souza's a late bloomer who ran the gamut from toolsy prospect to malcontent to bust to legitimate bat first prospect. Butler was generally viewed as an org guy coming up, although I think some had him as a role 40. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Three questions about Joey Butler: how long can he keep up his .400 BABiP (It's been more or less that for his four seasons in AAA.) Why don't the Rays play him more often? We would assume he'll be returned to AAA when Jennings comes back, right?
(John Carter from Great Lakes region)
It is extremely unlikely anyone can keep a BABIP that high in the majors; barely any one ever does it for one year, let alone for multiple years. It's easier to get higher quality contact in the minors against weaker pitchers, poorer arsenals, and particularly the back end of bullpens that are organizational depth. Nearly everyone you're facing in the majors has a high end out pitch.

He probably should be getting a few more at bats than Brandon Guyer, but when you factor the high whiff rate in, the Rays are probably figuring that he is a BABIP fluke.

Yes, he seems like the guy who would go down when Desmond Jennings comes off of the DL. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most annoying non-prospect everyone keeps asking you questions about is?
(BobcatBaseball from Athens, OH)
Ha! I don't get many questions about straight NP's but I do get a lot of questions about fringe guys. Having covered the Rangers system the last few years (and I preface this by saying he's a great guy with a great story and works his ass off), I got way too many questions about Joey Butler. He's the type who doesn't project to have much of an MLB future but puts up big numbers in Triple-A. Those guys often lead to the questions. (Jason Cole)


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