Catcher Drew Butera is in his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The now 31-year-old has a much bigger role this season playing in 46 games compared to just four games last season. This season Butera is batting just .193 with two home runs and 11 RBIs as the team’s backup catcher.
Butera attended Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Fla. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2002 amateur draft, but did not sign. Then Butera attended the University of Central Florida before being drafted by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2005 amateur draft. After spending a few seasons in the Mets’ minor league organization, Butera was traded to the Minnesota Twins and added to the 40-man roster in November of 2008.
Butera wouldn’t make his major league debut until April 9 of the 2010 season. He recorded his first career hit against the Cleveland Indians on April 22 of that same season. In his first MLB season, Butera hit .197 with two home runs and 13 RBIs over 49 games. One highlight during Butera’s time with the Twins was catching Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter in May of 2011 as a part of the Twins.
Butera was traded to the Dodgers in July of 2013 and was called up to the team in September of that same season. In his first season with the Dodgers, Butera appeared in four games with just one hit. Butera’s most notable Dodger moment was catching Josh Becket’s no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25 of this season. Ironically enough, Butera would get an opportunity to play more when starting cathcer A.J. Ellis injured his ankle during Beckett’s no-hitter celebration.
Dodgers Nation would like to wish Drew Butera a happy 31st birthday.
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