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August 12, 2020 01:04 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Clear No. 3 catcher
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Tony Wolters and Elias Diaz have drawn two starts apiece behind the plate over the Rockies' last four games, so Butera looks like the clear No. 3 catcher for Colorado. Butera has received 11 at-bats this season, recording one hit.

July 23, 2020 10:52 AM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Makes roster as third catcher
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera will be on the Rockies' 30-man roster to begin the season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

Butera capped off an impressive spring and summer in the team's final exhibition game against the Rangers on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a home run, one double, four RBI and two runs. He was rewarded with a spot in the majors as Colorado's third catcher to begin the season. Playing time could be scarce behind Tony Wolters and Elias Diaz, but Butera proved during camp that he could be a valuable option to fill in if needed.

March 23, 2020 03:36 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Impressive in small spring sample
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera and Elias Diaz were making an argument for the Rockies to break camp with three catchers due to their impressive spring performances, Thomas Harding of reports.

While Butera and Diaz are in camp on minor-league contracts, they outperformed Tony Wolters and Dom Nunez, who are on the 40-man roster. Butera hit .333 with two home runs, two walks and two strikeouts in 12 spring at-bats, although he played less than the other three. Wolters' spot as the primary catcher would seem to be safe, but Nunez, who hit .200 with six strikeouts in 15 spring at-bats, has minor-league options remaining, so he could open the year at Triple-A.

December 12, 2019 12:04 AM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Receives spring invite from Rockies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training with the Rockies on Wednesday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.

Butera served as a depth catcher for the Rockies last season and appeared in 10 games, and he'll now rejoin the organization. The 36-year-old has a .184/.257/.286 slash line in 77 games over the past two seasons, so he's unlikely to serve as more than organizational depth again in 2020.

September 3, 2019 05:24 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Granted September callup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Butera slashed .300/.389/.511 with nine home runs and 40 RBI over 67 games with the Isotopes this season, and he'll now get a chance to finish up the year in the majors.

May 7, 2019 04:12 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

After passing through waivers unclaimed, Butera will join the Isotopes. He struggled to a .176 average with two doubles and a walk over seven games in the big leagues prior to being designated for assignment Friday.

May 3, 2019 05:44 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday.

Butera served as the team's backup catcher with Chris Iannetta (lat) on the injured list, but he's no longer needed with Iannetta back in action Friday. Butera went 3-for-17 at the plate during his time with the Rockies and isn't particularly likely to be claimed off waivers due to his career .201/.258/.299 slash line.

April 20, 2019 08:16 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera is catching and hitting eighth against the Phillies on Saturday, Thomas Harding of reports.

Tony Wolters started the last three games, so he'll get a breather Saturday, allowing Butera to slide in and make his second start of the season. The 35-year-old went 1-for-4 with a double in his last start on April 15 and should continue to serve as Wolters' backup until Chris Iannetta (lat strain) returns from the injured list.

April 15, 2019 09:16 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Called up Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera has been called up to the Rockies from Triple-A Albuquerque, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.

Butera has been summoned to the big-league club in a move that corresponds with catcher Chris Iannetta getting placed on the injured list with a lat strain. The 34-year-old will get the start against the Padres on Monday, per Kyle Newman of The Denver Post. Butera has a .201/.258/.299 slash line over 1,223 career major-league at-bats, and figures to back up Tony Wolters.

March 26, 2019 12:08 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Signs with Colorado
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Monday.

Butera has latched on with the Rockies after being released by the Phillies earlier in the month. The veteran backstop should provide organizational catching depth.

March 21, 2019 06:52 PM
Drew Butera: Granted release
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera was released by the Phillies on Thursday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

Butera hit a fine .250/.382/.500 with two homers and a 6:7 BB:K through 14 games this spring, but it wasn't enough for him to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster over backup Andrew Knapp. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as catching depth.

March 2, 2019 06:56 PM
Phillies' Drew Butera: Hits two-run homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera walked, scored twice and hit a two-run homer in Saturday's Grapefruit League victory over the Rays.

Butera's homer came in the ninth inning off Mike Franco. He's in camp trying to win the Phillies' backup catcher spot but may have a tough time doing so after hitting just .190/.264/.301 with the Royals and Rockies last season.

February 6, 2019 12:04 PM
Phillies' Drew Butera: Signs with Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of reports.

Butera will make $1.3 million if he makes the major-league roster and can opt out March 21 if not. He'll be fighting Andrew Knapp for the backup job behind Jorge Alfaro. With a .201/.258/.299 career slash line, Butera is probably best suited as a third catcher.

August 31, 2018 05:28 PM
Rockies' Drew Butera: Traded to Colorado
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera was sent from Kansas City to Colorado along with cash considerations in exchange for Jerry Vasto on Friday.

Butera will see a major upgrade in his home park, but the difference between Coors Field and Kauffman Stadium won't be enough to salvage the veteran's .188/.259/.289 batting line. He's also not likely to see much more playing time. While he's no longer stuck behind a catcher who plays as often as Salvador Perez does, he now appears to be the third catcher on the Rockies' depth chart behind Tony Wolters and Chris Iannetta.

August 8, 2018 10:56 PM
Royals' Drew Butera: Doubles, drives in three
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera went 1-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

Butera opened up the scoring with a two-run, bases-loaded double in the second inning, then later plated another on a sacrifice fly. The 34-year-old has started four of the club's last five games -- two at catcher and two at first base -- but he likely won't see regular playing time down the stretch backing up one of the premiere backstops in the league in Salvador Perez.

May 28, 2018 05:08 PM
Royals' Drew Butera: Hits solo home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Rangers.

Butera took advantage of a rare starting opportunity by hitting his first home run of the season in the second inning off left-hander Cole Hamels. He has shown little at the plate through 72 at-bats this season, as he entered Sunday's start with just a .278 slugging percentage.

May 24, 2018 12:17 PM
Royals' Drew Butera: Drives in two
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Butera came through with a clutch, two-run single with the bases loaded to drive in the winning runs in the 10th inning. The 34-year-old will continue to be used sparingly while backing up one of the more reliable catchers in the league in Salvador Perez.

April 24, 2018 03:56 PM
Royals' Drew Butera: Set for decreased role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, 610 Sports Radio reports.

Butera had been starting semi-regularly to start the season, but he'll move back into a bench role with Salvador Perez back from the disabled list. The 34-year-old can be dropped in nearly every league now given how frequently Perez suits up behind the plate.

April 20, 2018 10:56 AM
Royals' Drew Butera: Sits first game of doubleheader
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera is not in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader against the Tigers on Friday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

Cameron Gallagher will start behind the dish in Butera's place. The two will likely split catching duties Friday, each starting one game. With Salvador Perez nearing a return from his knee injury, one of the two catchers is likely to be sent down soon, but Butera's job is presumably the safe one, as he's been the Royals' backup catcher for two and a half years.

April 17, 2018 12:20 PM
Royals' Drew Butera: Not starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butera is out of the lineup for the first game of the Royals' doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

With the teams playing a doubleheader, it's likely that Butera and Cameron Gallagher will each start one game behind the plate. With Salvador Perez (knee) nearing a return from the disabled list, Butera's brief window of playing time is about to come to an end. He's done very little to stake a claim for more time, hitting .185 in nine games, though that was to be expected, as he owns a career .202 batting average over parts of nine seasons.

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2007AA-New Britain175031331035500.260.327.360
2007A-St. Lucie521822247140522242801.258.348.418
2008AA-New Britain963023966181739355501.218.308.354
2012AAA-Rochester Red Wings154361230153900.279.319.419
2013AAA-Rochester Red Wings27878192021021500.218.247.310
2013AAA-Albuquerque Isotopes165237310341400.135.196.231
2019AAA-Albuquerque Isotopes672233867162940335520.300.389.511

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Colorado Rockies
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