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Billy Butler

Billy Ray Butler (Country Breakfast) (twitter: @BillyButlerKC)

Positions: Designated Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 240 lb.

Born: April 18, 1986 in Orange Park, FL
High School: Wolfson HS (Jacksonville, FL)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.
Signed June 11, 2004. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 2007 (Age 21.013)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2007 season [*]
Team: Royals 2007-2014
2014 Contract Status: Signed thru 2014, 4 yrs/$30M (11-14) & 15 team option (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 6.102, Free Agent: 2015 [*], Agents: Greg Genske, previously: Doug Rogalsky [*]
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Fan EloRater

Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 18, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1027. Dave Hollins… #1028. Dean Palmer… #1029. Elvis Andrus… #1030. BILLY BUTLER… #1031. Harry Rice… #1032. Mule Haas… #1033. Taffy Wright… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2007 21 KCR AL 92 360 329 38 96 23 2 8 52 0 0 27 55 .292 .347 .447 .794 108 147 8 2 0 2 5 D3/7
2008 22 KCR AL 124 478 443 44 122 22 0 11 55 0 1 33 57 .275 .324 .400 .724 93 177 23 0 0 2 0 D3
2009 23 KCR AL 159 672 608 78 183 51 1 21 93 1 0 58 103 .301 .362 .492 .853 125 299 20 2 0 4 3 *3D
2010 24 KCR AL 158 678 595 77 189 45 0 15 78 0 0 69 78 .318 .388 .469 .857 134 279 32 5 0 9 8 *3D
2011 25 KCR AL 159 673 597 74 174 44 0 19 95 2 1 66 95 .291 .361 .461 .822 125 275 16 3 0 7 15 *D3
2012 ★ 26 KCR AL 161 679 614 72 192 32 1 29 107 2 1 54 111 .313 .373 .510 .882 138 313 20 7 0 4 9 *D3 AS,SS
2013 27 KCR AL 162 668 582 62 168 27 0 15 82 0 0 79 102 .289 .374 .412 .787 116 240 28 3 0 4 11 *D/3
2014 28 KCR AL 141 566 514 53 136 28 0 9 59 0 0 39 89 .265 .318 .372 .690 92 191 20 5 0 8 3 D3
8 Yrs 1156 4774 4282 498 1260 272 4 127 621 5 3 425 690 .294 .359 .449 .807 118 1921 167 27 0 40 54
162 Game Avg. 162 669 600 70 177 38 1 18 87 1 0 60 97 .294 .359 .449 .807 118 269 23 4 0 6 8

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
2007 21 KCR AL 92 360 3 -1 0 0 -8 -6 -0.6 14 7 0.7 .493 .496 0.7 -0.7 7 D3/7
2008 22 KCR AL 124 478 -4 -1 -4 -3 -10 -22 -2.1 18 -4 -0.4 .482 .486 -0.2 -1.2 -1 $399,000 D3
2009 23 KCR AL 159 672 22 -5 -2 -8 -10 -2 -0.1 25 23 2.3 .498 .499 3.1 -1.7 31 $421,000 *3D
2010 24 KCR AL 158 678 29 -3 -5 -4 -10 6 0.8 25 31 3.2 .504 .504 3.6 -1.4 35 $470,000 *3D
2011 25 KCR AL 159 673 18 -2 -2 -2 -14 -3 -0.2 25 22 2.2 .498 .498 2.5 -1.7 24 $3,500,000 *D3
2012 ★ 26 KCR AL 161 679 28 -3 -2 -3 -15 6 0.6 25 31 3.1 .504 .504 3.5 -1.9 34 $8,000,000 *D3 AS,SS
2013 27 KCR AL 162 668 13 -1 0 0 -15 -3 -0.1 24 21 2.2 .498 .498 2.0 -1.5 21 $8,000,000 *D/3
2014 28 KCR AL 141 566 -7 -2 -2 -3 -11 -25 -2.6 20 -5 -0.6 .480 .483 -0.4 -1.4 -2 $8,000,000 D3
8 Seasons 1156 4774 101 -19 -16 -23 -94 -51 -4.3 176 126 12.7 .495 .496 14.8 -11.6 149 $28,790,000

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
2007 KCR AL 21 DH 70 69
2007 KCR AL 21 1B 13 11 5 83.0 89 79 8 2 6 .978 0 1 1 16 9.43 6.69 .995 9.37 9.27
2007 KCR AL 21 LF 6 5 2 43.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 -3 -1 -75 -28 0.84 0.67 .984 2.11 2.08
2007 KCR AL 21 OF 6 5 2 43.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 -3 -1 -75 -27 0.84 0.67 .988 2.30 2.28
2008 KCR AL 22 DH 84 82
2008 KCR AL 22 1B 34 33 18 260.0 244 233 9 2 27 .992 -5 -3 -22 -13 8.38 7.12 .994 9.26 9.18
2009 KCR AL 23 1B 145 143 134 1248.0 1243 1141 92 10 123 .992 -13 -8 -13 -8 8.89 8.50 .994 9.13 9.02
2009 KCR AL 23 DH 11 11
2010 KCR AL 24 1B 127 126 120 1102.1 1104 1002 96 6 101 .995 2 -4 3 -4 8.96 8.65 .994 9.32 9.23
2010 KCR AL 24 DH 31 31
2011 KCR AL 25 DH 142 142
2011 KCR AL 25 1B 11 11 8 94.2 94 86 8 0 10 1.000 -2 -2 -22 -24 8.94 8.55 .993 9.31 9.24
2012 KCR AL 26 DH 138 138 AS,SS
2012 KCR AL 26 1B 20 20 13 165.2 165 147 15 3 18 .982 1 -3 7 -22 8.80 8.10 .994 9.27 9.22 AS,SS
2013 KCR AL 27 DH 150 150
2013 KCR AL 27 1B 7 7 1 53.0 56 56 0 0 4 1.000 1 0 20 0 9.51 8.00 .994 8.90 8.87
2014 KCR AL 28 DH 99 99
2014 KCR AL 28 1B 36 34 31 305.0 296 270 24 2 26 .993 1 -3 3 -12 8.68 8.17 .992 8.97 8.95
8 Seasons DH 725 722
8 Seasons 1B 393 385 330 3311.2 3291 3014 252 25 315 .992 -14 -22 -5 -7 8.88 8.31 .994 9.20 9.12
1 Season LF 6 5 2 43.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 -3 -1 -75 -27 0.84 0.67 .984 2.11 2.08
1 Season OF 6 5 2 43.0 5 4 0 1 0 .800 -3 -1 -75 -27 0.84 0.67 .988 2.30 2.28
8 Seasons TOT 399 390 332 3354.2 3296 3018 252 26 315 .992 -17 -23 -6 -8 8.77 8.20 .994 9.11 9.01
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Silver Sluggers
2012 AL (DH)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
2007 July AL Rookie of the Month
2009 September AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
2009 Aug 9th AL Player of the Week
2009 Sep 13th AL Player of the Week
2011 Jul 31st AL Player of the Week
2012 Jul 29th AL Player of the Week
2014 Aug 10th AL Player of the Week

Batting Average s c a p y
2010 AL  .318 (6th)
2012 AL  .313 (8th)
Active  .294 (19th)

On-Base% s c a p y
2010 AL  .388 (7th)
2013 AL  .374 (9th)
Active  .359 (30th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
2012 AL  .882 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
2009 AL  159 (7th)
2010 AL  158 (8th)
2011 AL  159 (4th)
2012 AL  161 (4th)
2013 AL  162 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
2012 AL  614 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
2010 AL  189 (3rd)
2012 AL  192 (5th)

Total Bases s c a p y
2009 AL  299 (10th)
2012 AL  313 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
2009 AL  51 (2nd)
2010 AL  45 (4th)
2011 AL  44 (8th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
2012 AL  107 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
2013 AL  79 (5th)

Singles s c a p y
2010 AL  129 (7th)
2012 AL  130 (7th)
2013 AL  126 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
Active  118 (42nd)

Runs Created s c a p y
2012 AL  113 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
Active  120 (49th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
Active  11.6 (47th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
2009 AL  73 (6th)

Times On Base s c a p y
2010 AL  263 (4th)
2012 AL  253 (9th)
2013 AL  250 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
2012 AL  .671 (9th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
2010 AL  9 (6th)
2014 AL  8 (5th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
2011 AL  15 (5th)
2012 AL  9 (10th)
2013 AL  11 (6th)
Active  54 (37th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
2008 AL  23 (6th)
2009 AL  20 (9th)
2010 AL  32 (1st)
2012 AL  20 (10th)
2013 AL  28 (1st)
2014 AL  20 (5th)
Active  167 (21st)
Career  167 (201st)

AB per SO s c a p y
Active  6.2 (48th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
2012 AL  3.3 (8th)

Putoutss c a p y
2009 AL  1,141 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
2009 AL  145 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
2009 AL  1,141 (5th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
2009 AL  92 (3rd)
2010 AL  96 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
2009 AL  10 (1st)
2010 AL  6 (5th)
Active  25 (23rd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
2009 AL  123 (3rd)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
2010 AL  .995 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
2007 AL  born 1986-04-18 (3rd)
2008 AL  born 1986-04-18 (8th)


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (759), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 32 (764), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (876), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1094), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (160th), 12.7 career WAR/13.3 7yr-peak WAR/13.0 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
2008 22 Kansas City Royals $399,000 ?
2009 23 Kansas City Royals $421,000 ?
2010 24 Kansas City Royals $470,000 2.102
2011 25 Kansas City Royals $3,500,000 ?
2012 26 Kansas City Royals $8,000,000 4.102 contracts
2013 27 Kansas City Royals $8,000,000 5.102 contracts
2014 28 Kansas City Royals $8,000,000 6.102
201529Kansas City Royals*$12,500,000$12.5M Team Option, $1M Buyout
Earliest Free Agent: 2015
Career to date (may be incomplete)$28,790,000Does not include future salaries
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: Billy Country billie Billy Breakfast Ray Butler

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