2) Drew Butera’s Hitting Give Royals Best Catching Situation In MLB
Every Kansas City Royals fan with even remote contact with the team knows how catcher Salvador Perez is hitting right now. We’ll be talking about him in the next slide. But, Drew Butera is also performing well in the back-up role.
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The 32-year-old Butera is slashing a more-than-adequate .298/.353/.553 in 47 at bats. His solid defense isn’t quite up to Salvador Perez’s gold glove standards, but has been quite good in his own right. In fact, Butera helped the team maintain a six-game winning streak after Perez collided into Chaslor Cuthbert and needed to sit out a handful of games.
Butera’s .856 OPS is something of an anamoly compared to his career .189/.246/.280 slash line, but he continues to hit better than expected in the 2016 season. On Wednesday night, Butera went 2 for 3, with a single, double, and two runs scored.
While KC Royals fans can’t help but wonder when Butera’s bat will desert him, so far he’s been a great substitute for Salvador Perez on his more-frequent-than-normal off days in 2016.
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