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16 Billy Butler DH
Height/Weight: 6-1/240 | Birthdate: 4/18/1986 | Birthplace: Orange Park, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 64/41 | Average Draft Position: 231.98
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Athletics DH Billy Butler collects two hits in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 2 for 4 at the plate to help the lead the A's to a 4-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Butler also drove in a run when he singled off Shane Greene in the sixth inning, which scored Marcus Semien. Butler is now on a four-game hitting streak and is 6 for 16 during the streak.


Athletics' Billy Butler has seven multihit games in last 17 outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler singled twice and had one RBI in four at-bats Friday against the Rays. He also struck out once.

Butler has produced seven multihit games in his last 17 appearances. He has a .286/.311/.371/.682 slash line in that span. He also has one home run, three doubles, six runs and 10 RBI in his last 17 games.


Athletics DH Billy Butler crushes fourth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 2 for 4 at the plate in Oakland's 4-3 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

Butler did his damage in the first inning when he crushed a 0-1 pitch from John Danks over the right field wall for a two-run shot, his fourth of the season.

Butler is now hitting .268 with 20 RBI in 149 at-bats this season.


Athletics DH Billy Butler records three hits in loss on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Athletics desginated hitter Billy Butler collected his first three-hit game in a month in Monday's loss to the Red Sox. Butler went 3 for 5 with a double, and RBI and a run scored. His single in the bottom of the third gave the A's an early 1-0 lead. 

Butler got off to a hot start in 2015, but has struggled at the plate in May. Over 10 games this month, Butler is hitting .227 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. His last home run came back on April 22 against the Angels. 


A's DH Billy Butler collects two hits Thursday vs. Twins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler had a solid game in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Twins. Butler went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. This was Butler's second multi-hit performance in his last three games, as he tries to break out of a slump at the plate.

After collecting at least one hit in first 12 games of the season, Butler has struggled with just six hits in his most recent 12 games, including Thursday. Overall, he is now batting .265 with three home runs and 15 RBI.


Athletics' Billy Butler snaps hitless skid Monday vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler ended an 0-for-20 slump by hitting a single in the first inning Monday but couldn't find another hit across his final four at-bats in his team's 8-7 loss to the Twins.

"I got one, but I had other pitches to hit," Butler said after the game, per the Bay Area News Group. "It’s just not working out for me right now, you know? I got pitches from (Twins’ starter Phil) Hughes after that, pitches to hit from other guys, too."

Butler was unable to find success late against closer Glen Perkins, popping up with a man on base and his team down two.

"I got a pitch from Perkins," Butler said. "I was just swinging, and I’m not getting the results for reasons I can’t see right now."

Butler, who sported a .377 batting average and 1.023 OPS on April 22, is hitting .257/.318/.396 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 101 at-bats due to his recent struggles.


Billy Butler out of starting lineup for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game. It will be just the second start Butler has missed this season. 

Mark Canha moves to DH from left field to give Butler a day of rest. Sam Fuld shifts from center to left to replace Canha. 

Entering the lineup to fill Fuld's vacancy in center is Billy Burns, who will bat leadoff. Burns is making his second consecutive start in center. 


A's DH Billy Butler hits third homer of the season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler accounted for four RBI in Wednesday night’s 9-2 win over the Angels.

Butler went 2 for 5, which included hitting his third home run of the season. Butler’s homer came in the seventh inning, which also scored Stephen Vogt. Butler now has 12 RBI this year. 

Butler is hitting .377/.433/.590.


Athletics DH Billy Butler bashes second homer in defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Athletics were crushed Tuesday night by the Angels, but don't blame designated hitter Billy Butler. He was designated to hit and he did just that.

Butler provided the lone Oakland run with a third-inning homer to center. He added a single to give his team two of its five hits and improve his slash line to a robust .375/.435/.554. Butler has hit safely in 14 of 15 games to start the season.


Athletics' Billy Butler sets franchise record in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 1 for 4 in his team's 6-1 loss to the Astros Wednesday.

Butler has picked up at least one hit in each of the first 10 games of the season, making him the first player in franchise history to open his A's career with a hit in 10 straight games, per CSNBayArea.com. With Wednesday's single, he has hit .359/.405/.513 with one home run and six RBI in 39 at-bats.


Lawrie, Semien, Butler all hit home runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie, short stop Marcus Semien and designated hitter Billy Butler all collected their first home runs of the season during Monday's 8-1 win over the Astros.

"One through nine, you never know what can happen, any given day," Lawrie said, per MLB.com. "We've been stringing hits together, and when you can do that you can be loose and just play and not worry too much. You know someone's going to pick you up. It's good to know anyone who gets in the box can do some damage."

All three home runs came of pitcher Scott Feldman. The home runs were the only hits for Lawrie and Butler, with Semien going 2 for 4.


Billy Butler riding seven-game hitting streak for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler has started the season with a seven game hitting streak. Going back to 2014, Butler has hit in 10 straight. 

Butler has two doubles, two RBI and three multi-hit games. His batting average stands at .407 with an OPS of .948.


Athletics' Melvin: Ike Davis likely to platoon with Billy Butler


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Wednesday that first baseman Ike Davis would likely only start against right-handed pitching and will begin the season in a platoon with Billy Butler, MLB.com reports.

"We start out a certain way, and then if things transpire, we change our minds," Melvin said. "But we're all about trying to get the best lineup out there on a particular day."

Davis took 92 percent of his at-bats against right-handed pitching last season.

"It is what it is -- just have to play the game when they tell you to play the game," Davis said of the planned platoon. "I had some success platooning last year, so I hope to build on it and continue getting better.''

Davis is in the midst of a fine spring, going 11 for 22 and drawing three walks.


Billy Butler looking to be force in A's lineup, drive in a lot of runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler has seen a decline in power the last two seasons and belted just nine home runs in 2014, which was his lowest total since hitting eight as a rookie in 2007.

Now that he is in his first year with Oakland, Butler is looking to restore his power swing and help the A's chase a World Series title.

"I was brought in to be a middle-of-the-order bat and to be a force in the lineup -- to drive in a lot of runs," Butler said, per MLB.com. "Extra-base hits are big for guys in the lineup. [While I'm not aiming for] any certain numbers ... run production is a big part [of] me contributing to this team.

"I'm out to prove that I'm a valuable piece [of] a championship team. I'm a little sour the Giants beat me in the World Series. It's the Bay Area, [so I want to] go get the [Bay Bridge Series] when we play them this year. So I'm excited for that."


A's DH Billy Butler back in lineup after sitting out with stomach illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler was back in the spring lineup Thursday against the Cubs after sitting out Wednesday due to a stomach illness.

“It was a bad 24-hour bug,’’ Butler said, per the Bay Area News Group. “It was nasty. But I’m OK now, good to go.’’


A's DH Billy Butler takes a seat Wednesday due to stomach bug


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against San Francisco because of a stomach bug, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Matt Olson will take his spot as the team's designated hitter.

Butler signed a three-year deal with the A's in the offseason. He hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year for the Royals.

A's still planning to use Davis at 1B, Butler at DH vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday he still views Billy Butler as the primary DH against right-handed pitchers, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He added Butler will also play some first base against left-handed pitchers, but Ike Davis will see most of the playing time at first base vs. right-handers.

Athletics' Billy Butler would welcome return to Royals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.

After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."

The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.


Athletics make it official, ink Billy Butler to 3-year deal


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/19/2014) The Athletics announced they've signed designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Reports indicate Butler will receive $30 million despite coming off a down year in which he hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI for the Royals.

Report: DH Billy Butler agrees to $30 million deal with Oakland


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/18/2014) Former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Athletics, reports MLBDailyRumors.com. The Royals had declined their 2015 option on Butler, who hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI in 549 at-bats.

Butler, 28, reportedly will receive a $5 million signing bonus.


Royals decline Billy Butler's option


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Royals have declined the team's $12.5-million option on designated hitter Billy Butler for 2015, but general manager Dayton Moore said the club wants Butler to return, MLB.com reports.

"Billy's been a huge part of our success, and we're going to stay engaged with him and do everything we can to bring him back," Moore said.

Butler made the All-Star team in 2012 and has delivered a .295 career batting average, good for third all-time in franchise history. He hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI in 2014.


Royals expected to decline option on Billy Butler


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) 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. 


Heyman: Royals thought unlikely to pick up Billy Butler's option


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) 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.


Royals' Billy Butler drives in two Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) 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. 


Billy Butler no longer a patient hitter


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/24/2014) 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.