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Rich ButlerTrack this Player High Level: MLB Stat Years: 1991-2003 MLB Years: 1997-1999
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PositionsOF-847, LF-44, RF-26, DH-1Position when DraftedOFPlayer Listed UnderMajor Leaguers
Proper NameRichard Dwight Butler
Height6-1Weight205BatsLeftThrowsRight
Born DateMay 1,1973 [45.053]PlaceToronto,Ontario
High SchoolEast York Collegiate (Toronto,ON)

DraftedSigned as undrafted amateur free agent in 1990 by the Toronto Blue Jays.
MLB DebutSeptember 6,1997 [24.128]
OrganizationsTOR [7] TBA [2] SEA [1] TEX [1] Awards1
TBC Player ID9498Retrosheet IDbutlr002MLBAM ID111820
RelationshipsBrother of Rob Butler
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Player Notes:   Selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1997 Expansion Draft (#10 pick)
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Career Talent RatingsBattingSpeed60Power54Contact51XBH54RBIs53Runs47Hitting49Durability56Team.477Ratings Explained

Batting Statistics

TopStats GlossaryBatting DetailsStatistical FeatsRemove Filters
YearTeamLeagueLvlOrgUnifPosAgeGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFIBBDPAVGOBPSLGOPSTBXBHPAbabipISOSecAwOBABB%SO%K-BBHR%AB/HRXBH%
1991Gulf Coast Blue JaysGCLRktor-of1859213305667013106174504010.263.317.357.6747613234.333.094.192.3047.2619.232.650.000.0023.21
1992Myrtle Beach HurricanesSALAtor-of19130441431001412431115379076010.227.297.277.57412217491.281.050.125.2707.5418.332.430.41220.5017.00
1993Dunedin Blue JaysFSLA+tor-of201144468136198116511134864314100.306.375.459.83420438500.335.153.257.3649.6012.801.332.2040.3627.94
1993Knoxville SmokiesSouAAtor-of20621320100003500000.095.208.190.3984124.125.095.238.19412.5020.831.670.000.0050.00
1993Minor Totals (2 teams)Minor         1746571138199116511135169314100.297.367.447.81420839524.326.150.256.3569.7313.171.352.1042.2728.26
1994Knoxville SmokiesSouAAtor-of215319229567432274193121111.292.360.417.7778014215.333.125.240.3448.8414.421.631.4064.0025.00
1994Syracuse ChiefsILAAAtor-of219430234736232788226602106.242.292.305.5979211327.299.063.136.2716.7320.183.000.92100.6715.07
1994Minor Totals (2 teams)Minor         147494631291366491512419723217.261.319.348.66717225542.313.087.176.3007.5617.902.371.1182.3319.38
1995Knoxville SmokiesSouAAtor-of22582172758123433113254121015.267.348.406.7548819245.314.139.290.33710.2016.731.641.6354.2532.76
1995Syracuse ChiefsILAAAtor-of22691992032422142394501105.161.196.231.427468210.196.070.111.1934.2921.435.000.9599.5025.00
1995Minor Totals (2 teams)Minor         12741647901656471363486221110.216.278.322.60013427455.258.106.204.2717.4718.902.531.3269.3330.00
1996Dunedin Blue JaysFSLA+tor-231028120000415900001.071.212.071.2832033.105.000.286.16415.1527.271.800.000.000.00
1997Syracuse SkyChiefsILAAAtor-of2413753793161309248720760107433211.300.373.523.89628163607.335.223.359.3879.8817.631.783.9522.3839.13
1997Toronto Blue JaysALMLBtor12lf24714341002012300000.286.375.357.7325116.364.071.143.33712.5018.751.500.000.0025.00
1998Durham BullsILAAAtba-of253814528438083562222420331.297.390.517.9077516172.302.220.400.38712.7913.951.094.6518.1337.21
1998Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba10lf-rf257221725493372042153720304.226.278.364.6427913237.239.138.217.2836.3315.612.472.9531.0026.53
1999Durham BullsILAAAtba11of26903325296282106325417033344.289.369.476.84515840382.337.187.301.36610.7318.321.712.6233.2041.67
1999Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba10rf26720231000002400000.150.227.200.4274122.188.050.150.2049.0918.182.000.000.0033.33
2000New Haven RavensEastAAsea-of27261031625315231082220203.243.304.437.741459115.256.194.282.3196.9619.132.754.3520.6036.00
2000Oklahoma RedHawksPCLAAAtex-of2712474111025013800203.234.269.383.65218352.231.149.191.2795.7715.382.673.8523.5027.27
2000Tacoma RainiersPCLAAAsea-of27321241123712920102602011.185.246.306.5523810136.219.121.218.2437.3519.122.601.4762.0043.48
2000Totals for PCL-PCL         4417115348141421133402214.199.253.327.5805613188.222.128.211.2536.9118.092.622.1342.7538.24
2000Minor Totals (3 teams)Minor         70274315911293731215622417.215.272.369.64110122303.235.154.237.2796.9318.482.672.9730.4437.29
2003Niagara StarsCdnInd--30258312234142221171900032.277.400.494.894419100.317.217.434.38117.0019.001.124.0020.7539.13
MLB Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter8625130565372243194420304.223.280.351.6318815275.241.128.207.0006.9116.002.322.5535.8626.79
Minor League Totals - 10 Season(s)Filter8253345459874145417643995683296532524202441.261.330.397.72713292623743.303.136.242.0008.7917.451.982.0344.0129.98
AAA Totals - 6 Season(s)Filter47216862424398416512404026167346911131031.260.328.420.7487081511886.298.160.267.0008.8518.352.072.7033.0634.40
AA Totals - 4 Season(s)Filter143533751412291278197559962329.265.338.407.74521743599.304.142.268.0009.1816.531.802.0044.4230.50
A+ Totals - 2 Season(s)Filter2147269138198116515145373314101.292.365.436.80120638533.324.144.258.0009.9413.701.382.0642.9127.54
A Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter130441431001412431115379076010.227.297.277.57412217491.281.050.125.0007.5418.332.430.41220.5017.00
Rk Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter59213305667013106174504010.263.317.357.6747613234.333.094.192.0007.2619.232.650.000.0023.21
Ind Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter258312234142221171900032.277.400.494.894419100.317.217.434.00017.0019.001.124.0020.7539.13
Tampa Bay Rays Totals - 2 Season(s)Filter7923727524372042174120304.219.274.350.6248314259.234.131.211.0006.5615.832.412.7033.8626.92
Toronto Blue Jays Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter714341002012300000.286.375.357.7325116.364.071.143.00012.5018.751.500.000.0025.00
Average MLB - Per 162 games1624735710596134186368340608.223.280.351.63116628518.241.128.207.0006.9116.002.322.5535.8626.79
Average Minor - Per 162 games16265790172288158619136512855458.261.330.397.72726151735.303.136.242.0008.7917.451.982.0344.0129.98

Fielding Statistics

TopPositions by DayStats GlossaryAbout Fielding Data
YearTeam NameLgLevelOrgAgePosGGSInnPOAEDPTCTSCFPctRFgRFiSBCSSB%PBGPPos-ShareTm-Share
1991Gulf Coast Blue Jays GCLRktor18OF58--10421-107106.9911.83------5998.398.3
1992Myrtle Beach Hurricanes SALAtor19OF125--18648-198190.9601.52------13096.291.9
1993Dunedin Blue Jays FSLA+tor20OF103--15772-166164.9881.59------11936.478.0
1993Knoxville Smokies SouAAtor20OF5--11---11111.0002.20------683.33.5
1994Knoxville Smokies SouAAtor21OF51--96-3-9996.9701.88------5396.236.4
1994Syracuse Chiefs ILAAAtor21OF94--219431226223.9872.37------94100.066.2
1995Knoxville Smokies SouAAtor22OF48--106531114111.9742.31------5882.833.3
1995Syracuse Chiefs ILAAAtor22OF64--101942114110.9651.72------6992.845.4
1997Syracuse SkyChiefs ILAAAtor24OF135--236884252244.9681.81------13798.595.1
1997Toronto Blue JaysALMLBtor24LF3--5---551.0001.67------742.91.9
1997Toronto Blue JaysALMLBtor24DH1---------------714.30.6
1998Durham Bulls ILAAAtba25OF36--6013-6461.9531.69------3894.725.0
1998Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba25LF39--702--72721.0001.85------7254.224.1
1998Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba25RF22--433-146461.0002.09------7230.613.6
1999Durham Bulls ILAAAtba26OF79--148331154151.9811.91------9087.855.2
1999Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba26RF4--6---661.0001.50------757.12.5
1999Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba26LF2--2---221.0001.00------728.61.2
2000New Haven Ravens EastAAsea27OF21--3321-3635.9721.67------2680.814.8
2000Tacoma Rainiers PCLAAAsea27OF19--3011-3231.9691.63------3259.413.3
2000Oklahoma RedHawks PCLAAAtex27OF9--3011-3231.9693.44------1275.06.3
MLB Totals for LF - 3 season(s)-   LF44--772--79791.0001.80------440.00.0
MLB Totals for RF - 2 season(s)-   RF26--493-152521.0002.00------260.00.0
MLB Totals for DH - 1 season(s)-   DH1---------------10.00.0
AAA Totals for OF - 6 season(s)-   OF436--82427238874851.9741.95------4360.00.0
AA Totals for OF - 4 season(s)-   OF125--246771260253.9732.02------1250.00.0
A+ Totals for OF - 1 season(s)-   OF103--15772-166164.9881.59------1030.00.0
A Totals for OF - 1 season(s)-   OF125--18648-198190.9601.52------1250.00.0
Rk Totals for OF - 1 season(s)-   OF58--10421-107106.9911.83------580.00.0

Fielding Statistics - Position Grid

TopPositions by DayStats GlossaryAbout Fielding Data
YearTeam NameLeagueLevelOrgAgePC1B2BSS3BLFCFRFOFDH
1991Gulf Coast Blue Jays GCLRktor18---------58-
1992Myrtle Beach Hurricanes SALAtor19---------125-
1993Dunedin Blue Jays FSLA+tor20---------103-
1993Knoxville Smokies SouAAtor20---------5-
1994Knoxville Smokies SouAAtor21---------51-
1994Syracuse Chiefs ILAAAtor21---------94-
1995Knoxville Smokies SouAAtor22---------48-
1995Syracuse Chiefs ILAAAtor22---------64-
1997Syracuse SkyChiefs ILAAAtor24---------135-
1997Toronto Blue JaysALMLBtor24------3---1
1998Durham Bulls ILAAAtba25---------36-
1998Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba25------39-22--
1999Durham Bulls ILAAAtba26---------79-
1999Tampa Bay RaysALMLBtba26------2-4--
2000New Haven Ravens EastAAsea27---------21-
2000Tacoma Rainiers PCLAAAsea27---------19-
2000Oklahoma RedHawks PCLAAAtex27---------9-

Awards [1]

TopAwards SectionAbout Awards
YearAwards (Notes)# Awards
1993Florida State League All-Star Team (OF)1

Roster Transactions

Top Change of Organization Injuries/DL Contracts
Tranx DatePosOrganizationAssignment40mStatusTypeTransaction DescriptionAgeRoster for Current Team
1999-11-17ContractSigned as Free Agent by Mariners. 
1999-10-15Free AgentGranted Free Agency. 
1997-11-18Selected by Devil Rays from Blue Jays in expansion draft (Pick #10). 
1990-09-24ContractSigned as undrafted amateur Free Agent by Blue Jays. 
* Transactions data can be divided into 2 eras. 2012-2018 includes all MLB/Minor roster movement whereas 1903-2012 contains only MLB change of organization with some DL-related data since 2000s.

Salaries

TopAbout Salary DataPayroll SectionAll $ are USD
YearTeam NamePayrollAgeSalaryServMLB RkTm RkCentileAboveLeague AvgLeague MinCareer*Contracts
1997Toronto Blue JaysTeam Payroll24150,000-76639-1,182,177150,000150,000
1998Tampa Bay RaysTeam Payroll25170,000-81235-1,276,192170,000320,000
1999Tampa Bay RaysTeam Payroll26215,000-71230201,454,491200,000535,000
* Career earnings are a simple calculation of available yearly salaries listed here. They include only base salary and draft signing bonus. Minor league salaries are excluded. The value is not meant to reflect a player's actual career earnings.
* League minimum salaries are displayed in red