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Billy Ray Butler (born April 18, 1986 in Orange Park, Floridamarker) is a Major League baseball first baseman for the Kansas City Royals. He has also played left field and right field.

Butler was selected by the Royals in the first round (14th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of high school and signed for a $1.45 million bonus, $250,000 below the recommended slot value for that pick. He attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonvillemarker, Floridamarker, where he was teammates with fellow first round draft pick Eric Hurley who is a pitcher selected by the Texas Rangers. He turned down a scholarship to play for the University of Floridamarker to go pro.

In 2006 Butler led the Texas League with a .331 batting average. Despite taking time out to play for Team USA Butler ammased 96 RBIs while playing right field for the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. A third baseman in high school, Butler played right field and left field for Wichita in 2006. He was also selected to play for the United Statesmarker squad in the 2006 All-Star Futures Game, where he hit the go ahead home run and was selected game MVP.

Major League Career

Butler made his major league debut on May 1, 2007, singling in his first at bat, but was sent to the minors after playing 10 games. He was recalled on June 19 after the Royals put slugger Mike Sweeney on the Disabled List.Butler batted .292 in his rookie year with 8 home runs and 52 RBI.In 2008 he batted .275 with 11 HR and 55 RBI.In 2009, Butler batted 301. while surpassing 500 at bats for the first time in his career. He solidified himself as the Royals' number three hitter they had long been searching for. Butler lead the Royals with 92 RBI, a career high. He also has a career high in home runs, with 21. He was named Player of the Week twice. He also has played almost all of the 2009 season at first base, whereas before he was almost exclusively the designated hitter. He hit 51 doubles and nearly reached Hal McRae's team record of 54.


He is married and has one child, a daughter, who was born in the 2008 offseason.


  • 2004 Kansas City Royals Minor League Player of the Year
  • 2004 Pioneer League All-Star 3B
  • 2004 Rookie League All-Star 3B
  • 2005 California League Rookie of the Year
  • 2005 High A All-Star DH
  • 2005 Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star DH
  • 2005 Kansas City Royals Minor League Player of the Year
  • 2005 California League All-Star DH
  • 2005 California/Carolina League All-Star Game MVP
  • 2006 Futures Game MVP
  • 2009 American League Player of the Week (August 2 - August 8)
  • 2009 American League Player of the Week (September 7 - September 13)
  • 2009 American League Player of the Month (September)


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