Feb 23, 2014; Ft Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Dan Butler poses during photo day at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
This was a minor transaction that I included out of admiration for the gritty and determined 27-year-old Butler. Of note – Rosenbaum, who recently had TJ surgery, is a virtual pitching version of Butler. Both started in 2009 and Rosenbaum, a 27-year-old left-hander, was at Lowell when injury possibly ended his career.
Butler made a brief appearance in Boston in 2014 hitting .211. The right-handed hitting catcher was noted for his defensive skills and conversely his lack of hitting skills.
Butler is now back at Triple-A and catching for Syracuse of the International League. Butler, as history has shown, will not return dividend with the bat. Butler is currently hitting .233 with one home run and 13 RBI.
Somewhere is a few years Butler will surface as a minor league coach or manager as his “coach of the field” skills will be put to good use – hopefully it will be with the Red Sox organization.
Statistics from baseball-reference and Fangraphs through 6/28.
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