Latest Update Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Wednesday. Wed Jul, 23, 11:13 AM
Generates a strong line-drive swing with impressive power, despite a strange stance at the plate. Hits the ball hard to all fields. Is an excellent run-producer.
Flaws: : Can't contribute much on defense, and is considered somewhat of a liability at first base. Doesn't run very well, either. His home-run power leaves something to be desired.
Butler is just getting a simple day off after having played first base on back-to-back nights with Eric Hosmer dealing with a sore hand. With Hosmer now back, Danny Valencia will handle the DH spot and Butler will be available off the bench.Analyst: Howard Bender
Butler is owed $12.5 million in 2015, and his .269/.320/.348 with three home runs isn't cutting it for the Royals in the middle of the order. He's just a few years removed from being one of the game's best and most underrated hitters. He's been rumored in trade talks, and perhaps he's sending a message to the front office that he's willing to take a pay cut to stay with the team long-term. Analyst: Spencer Silva
If Butler's follow-up year to his 2012 breakout campaign was considered a disappointment, how brutal is this season? He hit just .273 in the first half with only three home runs and 36 RBI and he's got fantasy owners yanking out their hair and running for the exits. In fact, in most 12-team leagues, he's been dropped completely. A move to Seattle could energize him and he would solidify the Mariners DH spot, but there are simply no guarantees. His biggest issue is the 50-plus-percent ground ball rate. A power-hitter isn't going to boost his home run total that way and unless he starts lifting the ball more, he's dead in the water. Safeco is slightly less hitter-friendly than Kauffman Stadium, so if he doesn't make the necessary adjustment and hit more fly balls, this move just won't work. Hell, if he doesn't stop the worm-killing, no move will work.Analyst: Howard Bender
Butler smacked his first home run since June 14 on Thursday night, bringing his season total to a whopping three homers with 35 RBI and a .272 batting average. He is now sadly the owner of a career-worst 110.3 AB/HR up to this point and will really need a big second half to live up to the price spent on him on draft day. Analyst: Matthew Beck