|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||590.00||23.00||.290||92.00||71.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Oakland||27||7||0|| .259|| .259|| .259|
|vs Bassitt (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||412||105||5|| .301|| .352|| .255|
|Last 7 Games|
|Billy Butler no longer a patient hitter |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(9/24/14) 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.
|Royals done sitting Billy Butler |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(9/21/14) 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.
|Billy Butler lone bright spot for Royals Sunday |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(8/25/14) Royals first baseman Billy Butler was the lone bright spot for his team on Sunday against the Rangers in Arlington.
Butler took Scott Baker deep for a solo home run in the fourth inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-1 defeat. He owns a .277/.326/.391 slash line with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 470 at-bats.
|Billy Butler homers, drives in three runs Friday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/9/14) Royals first baseman Billy Butler went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-2 win over the Giants Friday.
Butler began the game with a monster two-run, first-inning home run to left field that traveled an estimated 437 feet. He then broke a 2-2 tie with his RBI single in the sixth. Butler has gone 11 for 19 in his last five games, boosting his line to .279/.328/.389 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 409 at-bats.
|Fantasy owners were pretty stoked about Billy Butler's prospects heading into 2013 after the 27-year-old slugger was coming off a career season in 2012. Unfortunately, Butler delivered plenty of disappointment last season, as he saw statistical declines in pretty much every offensive category. The most disappointing decline had to come in Butler's power numbers. After belting 29 home runs and posting a career-high .510 slugging percentage in 2012, Butler hit just 15 home runs and had a .412 slugging percentage in 2013. What happened? For one, Butler hit an unusual amount of ground balls. According to FanGraphs.com, his GB/FB rate was 2.01, which was well above his career 1.49 average. His ground-ball percentage was 53.1 and his fly-ball rate was 26.4 percent, which were both off his career averages of 48.1 and 32.4, respectively. Butler's HR/FB rate also declined from a career-high 19.9 to 11.7 percent, which was much closer to his career norm (11.4). Former Royals hitting coach Jack Maloof preached singles over home runs before he was replaced last season, so it seems with Maloof no longer in the picture, Butler can get back to hitting for power. There's potential for Butler to bounce back in 2014, so consider him a mid-round Fantasy pick with upside.
(Updated 1/10/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|9/30/14||OAK||8:07 pm||Jon Lester|