Free Agent Profile & Prediction #2: Drew Butera

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with Drew Butera #9 of the Kansas City Royals after defeating the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Continuing on, next on the list in alphabetical order, is 37 year old catcher Drew Butera

Butera, who has never been a full time catcher at any point in his career, has stuck around in the game because of his god reputation with pitchers and his savvy pitch calling ability. He has played in parts of 11 seasons for the Twins, Dodgers, Angels, Royals and Rockies. Butera has averaged a slash line of .198/.255/.294 with an .550 OPS in his career which are all well below average, even for the catching position.

Butera on the defensive side of the ball, actually surprisingly rates horribly on both DRS and Runs Extra Strikes, being in the negative in both in relatively every season he has been a part of. One thing that Butera does have, as evident by his time pitching in some blowout games, is an absolute cannon behind the plate, as he ranked 17th among all qualified catchers in average pop time to second base at 1.97. His average velocity on throws also ranks extremely high among catchers in 2019, as his average velocity was 85.7, ranking him 6th in baseball.

The teams I potentially see Butera going to are as follows: Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Oakland A’s and the Cincinnati Reds

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Drew Butera signs a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Oakland A’s

Stat Line Prediction: .125/.135/.238 .373 OPS 16 OPS+

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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