Failing to reach in his first at-bat, Butler smacked a double off the Green Monster—his first Major League hit. At that point, everything Butler ever did to make it this far final paid off. He was not done though, collecting another pair of hits, one of which was a double.
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On the year his slash line stands at .200/.250/.333 through four full games, but that should go up as he got his first hit out of the way which is always the hardest. After getting his first, he immediately got his second and third which suggests he is comfortable at the plate now at the big league level. Of course, he will need to support this theory with a few more strong performances.
Defense has never been, nor will it ever be, an issue for Butler—he catches like a pro. A great receiver behind the plate who calls a good game, Butler owns a decent throwing arm (27% caught stealing in AAA) making him a complete defensive player.
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Odds are, he will not be playing every day, but Dan Butler is achieving his ultimate goal—contributing to the Boston Red Sox. As the Red Sox are eliminated from playoff contention, expect Butler to catch more than usual since this season is now nothing but practice for 2015. With a good impression good things will happen to the 27-year-old catcher.
Right now, Dan Butler has a chance to make the case to earn the Boston Red Sox job as backup catcher in 2015. Sure it’s a bit of a stretch, but so was making it to the top as an undrafted free agent.
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Overcoming adversity is nothing new for Butler.