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Pitt Gorilla
02-09-2007, 01:12 PM
Ok, so the real title is: Royals feel Butler not ready for Majors

But, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. From kcroyals.com:

KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler is a prodigious prospect. Oh, boy, this young man can hit. He's been invited to the Royals' Spring Training camp.

However, there's no chance he'll start the season in a Kansas City uniform. That's already been decided.

"He's going to go to Omaha," general manager Dayton Moore said. "We're just going to make an advance decision right now. He's going to go to Omaha and, from there, we'll see."

Butler, 20, is a Major Leaguer in the making. The Royals supervise the most important part, the on-field stuff. Butler is taking care of the some of the off-field stuff.

Last month, for instance, Butler made a tour of Kansas City, shepherded by his agent, Doug Rogalski, and his publicist, Mark Berman. They did a blitz of radio, TV, newspaper and, yes, Internet interviews. Butler wanted to meet the press now.

"So when I get out to Spring Training, I can concentrate more on baseball," he said.

Butler also went to Children's Mercy Hospital.

"It means more to me every time I go in there," he said. "It's the world to them if you just come in and see them and give them some Royals stuff. These are kids who aren't blessed with the natural ability of even walking or living a normal life. I have the talent to play baseball and it makes me even more [determined] to not abuse my ability. Because I guarantee you that any one of those kids would, in a second, take what I've got. So it's pretty much you're playing for those kids who can't."

And he visited a grade school.

"I love talking to little kids because it sets a good role model," he said. "It's good for them to see somebody that's on the right track."

Butler does seem to be on the right track.

He batted .331 last season for Double-A Wichita. He whacked 15 home runs, knocked in 96 runs, smacked 33 doubles and struck out just 67 times in 477 at-bats.

Yet, his outfield play made Wichita pitchers often hold their breath and their hearts palpitate. Signed as a third baseman, he made the switch in 2005.

"It's going really good. I'm comfortable in left or right now. It's something I've been working hard to be good at," Butler said. "And it's not going to stop here. I'm going to keep working hard at being a better outfielder every day."

Being a former third baseman has helped.

"I know situations. In the infield, I knew where everybody was going. So it makes it easier for me in the outfield. When I get the ball, I know where to throw it," he said.

And, oh my, Butler can make other outfielders chase the ball. In 2004, he broke in with a league-leading .373 average for Idaho Falls. In 2005, he hit .348 for High Desert and .313 in finishing the season with Wichita. In three years, he has 55 homers in 314 games.

"I go up there and don't really put too much into it," he said. "I have the ability to read a pitcher and just know the sequences that he does. When I get up to the plate, I'm looking for a certain pitch and I just adjust from there."

Butler subscribes to the old tongue-in-cheek baseball axiom: Don't think too much, you'll hurt the ballclub.

"It's hard enough as it is, and when you start thinking too much up there, you're going to struggle," he said.

There's nothing better for the right-handed Butler than teeing off on a good fastball.

"Any good hitter is primarily a fastball hitter. You want to know why? Because they don't get to the other pitches. They hit the fastball when it's thrown," he said.

"If you hit that before they get to the other pitches, you're pretty good."

That's something he'll get to refine this summer against older and wiser Triple-A pitchers. He can also work on his defense.

"Our guys think he's going to be a solid average to above-average defensive player at some point in time," Moore said. "We feel that he's going to be a good defensive player and that the guy is going to work at it."

Today it's Omaha. Someday it'll be Kansas City.

"It's going to happen eventually and I hope it's sooner than later," Butler said. "If it's not in the plan this year, it's not in the plan. I love baseball ... I figure I'll be in the big leagues when I'm ready, when I earn it."

big nasty kcnut
02-09-2007, 01:16 PM
I like this guy can't wait to see him in kansas city.

58-4ever
02-09-2007, 01:18 PM
I hope they are careful with this one. The Royals have sure found a way to screw up any and all good prospects.

BigChiefFan
02-09-2007, 01:23 PM
I got a chance to see him play in Wichita last year and he's definitely an up and comer.

Deberg_1990
02-09-2007, 01:45 PM
I like this guy can't wait to see him in kansas city.

I cant wait to see him in Yankee pinstripes in 2012!

duncan_idaho
02-09-2007, 03:43 PM
I hope they are careful with this one. The Royals have sure found a way to screw up any and all good prospects.

Yeah, they really screwed up Johnny Damon and Mike Sweeney and Carlos Beltran, didn't they?

The difference between this group of kids (Butler, Gordon, Hochevar, Greinke) and the last group is that, thanks to the revenue sharing, the Royals will have the money to keep the core 4-5 players in Kansas City... and the G.M. is smart enough and dedicated enough to having a good farm system that there will be talent to replace guys like DeJesus, etc.

Messier
02-09-2007, 03:52 PM
Yeah, they really screwed up Johnny Damon and Mike Sweeney and Carlos Beltran, didn't they?

The difference between this group of kids (Butler, Gordon, Hochevar, Greinke) and the last group is that, thanks to the revenue sharing, the Royals will have the money to keep the core 4-5 players in Kansas City... and the G.M. is smart enough and dedicated enough to having a good farm system that there will be talent to replace guys like DeJesus, etc.

Revenue sharing, as it is now, isn't some magic wand that suddenly will make the royals spend 100 million on the roster. There needs to be complete sharing. If a player is good, and I mean really good they will leave. KC, no matter what, can't get into a bidding war with the big clubs.

StcChief
02-09-2007, 03:56 PM
If he's good send him down to STL

Reaper16
02-09-2007, 06:07 PM
If he's good send him down to STL
I wish a plague of ills upon you.

Sure-Oz
02-09-2007, 06:25 PM
I think it's smart to start him there and bring him up towards the end of the year. Gordon is all but locked for the starting 3b job imo for 2007.

BWillie
02-09-2007, 09:07 PM
and the G.M. is smart enough and dedicated enough to having a good farm system that there will be talent to replace guys like DeJesus, etc.

Well, we don't really have to worry about losing DeJesus, he's locked up for like six years I believe at pretty shitty money. Glorious.

StcChief
02-09-2007, 09:54 PM
I wish a plague of ills upon you.

Sorry but AAA Royals sell anyone body any good......

Jockety and Co. will be watching him develop.

Ari Chi3fs
05-04-2007, 10:41 PM
Butler is batting .4375 7 for 16.

he gets on base, Gordon strands him.