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16 Billy Butler DH

Kansas City Royals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
67%45%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
5499.27166570
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014KC15154957149966419600.323.379.271

Player Updates

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Royals expected to decline option on Billy Butler
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Royals are expected to decline an option on designated hitter Billy Butler, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Butler slumped last season, hitting .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats. He hit just nine home runs. Butler is owed $12 million next season, and the team is expected to go a different direction. 

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Heyman: Royals thought unlikely to pick up Billy Butler's option
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Royals are thought unlikely to pick up the $12-million option on designated hitter Billy Butler, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Butler hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI during the regular season. The team may get away from having a full-time designated hitter next year and rather have increased versatility on the roster.

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Royals' Billy Butler drives in two Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals designated hitter Billy Butler drove in two runs Wednesday against the Giants.

Butler struck in his first at-bat. With men on first and second, Butler managed to tie the game on a single to the left fielder. He would find himself in the exact same situation in the sixth inning, and responded in the same fashion. Butler again singled in a run on a hit to left field. He would finish 2 for 3, with no runs scored and two RBI. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411592016
Billy Butler no longer a patient hitter
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

As Billy Butler closes out a second straight disappointing season for the Royals, it's worth taking a look at what has gone wrong over the last couple of years. The most obvious aspect of Butler's decline is the lack of home run power, as his homer total has dwindled from 29 in 2012 to 15 in 2013 to nine this season. Yet there is more to Butler's decline than just drooping power numbers.

Going back to Aug. 27, 2013, Butler has struck out 119 times and walked 49 times in 719 plate appearances. That gives him a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 0.41, which is barely above the major league average for each of the last two seasons. Prior to late last season, Butler had been a patient hitter with high BB/K ratios, but he has settled into a far more aggressive approach.

Butler has become a less selective hitter, and it could be behind his declining power, as well as his sagging walk rate and on-base percentage. I explored these trends in a recent Fantasy Baseball Today blog post, and found them to be discouraging when looking ahead to Butler's potential value for 2015. He may appear to be a sneaky late-round play in next year's drafts, but his production and plate discipline have been shaky for long enough that you will be able to pass him up in most mixed leagues.

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Royals done sitting Billy Butler
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though Billy Butler looked like he may have lost his DH job to Josh Willingham for the first couple weeks after Eric Hosmer returned from a hand injury, Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Sunday that the longtime Royal will play every day the rest of the way.

Butler went 2 for 4 with an RBI Sunday against the Tigers. It was just his sixth start in the team's last 15 games.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Designated Hitters 5 5 56.73
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs L.A. Angels2040 .379 .250 .200
vs Bassitt (Career)000000
vs RHP4121055 .301 .352 .255
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
10/14BAL1000110
10/15BAL4010000
10/21SF3010000
10/22SF3020200
10/26@SF1000000
10/28SF4010110
10/29SF4110000
Two Week Schedule
OCTOBER /NOVEMBER
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
26
@SF
L0-5
27
28
SF
W10-0
29
SF
L2-3
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Fantasy Points by Week
11

3

12

11

17

7

10

19

11

10

24

22

11

0
15

1

26

3

34

14

19

11

1

1

4

23

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2007KC923293896852275500 .347 .447 .292
2008KC124443441221155335701 .324 .400 .275
2009KC1596087818321935810310 .362 .492 .301
2010KC158595771891578697800 .388 .469 .318
2011KC159597741741995669521 .361 .461 .291
2012KC16161472192291075411121 .373 .510 .313
2013KC1625826216815827910200 .374 .412 .289
2014KC15154957149966419600 .323 .379 .271
Total 11664317502127312762842769753 .359 .449 .295
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2007KC1B13118979826 .978
2007KCOF6554010 .800
2008KC1B34332442339227 .992
2009KC1B145143124311419210123 .992
2010KC1B12712611041002966101 .995
2011KC1B1111948680101.000
2012KC1B202016514715318 .982
2013KC1B7756560041.000
2014KC1B373529827224226 .993
Total  3993913298302025226315 .992
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2007KC23214720258
2008KC220177200023
2009KC511299402320
2010KC450279905832
2011KC4402757031516
2012KC321313407920
2013KC2702404031128
2014KC320208805321
Total 276419384002754168
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014KC41312023210 .313 .154 .154
Total 41312023210 .313 .154 .154
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2004 R-Idaho Falls7426074972231068576350 .488 .596 .373
2005 A-High Desert92379701323022591428000 .419 .636 .348
2005 AA-Wichita2911214359051971800 .353 .527 .313
2006 AA-Wichita119477821583311596416710 .388 .499 .331
2007AAA-Omaha5720340591011346433210 .412 .542 .291
2008AAA-Omaha2610118346151314700 .417 .564 .337
Total 397153229851511087333320426770 .415 .561 .336
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/240
Birthdate:
4/18/1986
Age:
28
Hometown:
Orange Park, FL
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Kansas City Royals
College:
No College
MLB Experience:
8
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