Originally posted on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 2/2/12

Billy Butler might more aptly be named Billy Boring, but there’s something to be said for a player who bats .300 with moderate totals in everything else. Considering his ranks the past three seasons, never straying from the 85-92 range, it’s appropriate that we find Butler ranked a number 92 in our rankings. He’s an xBA outlier, likely due to his complete lack of speed since our equation does have a foot-speed component, but Butler is a career .297 hitter in the heart of what should be a good Kansas City lineup.

Best case scenario: Pablo Sandoval (SF)
Similar players: Eric Hosmer (KC), Carlos Lee (HOU), Jhonny Peralta (DET)
Worst case scenario: Gaby Sanchez (MIA)

Strengths

Home. Butler has a better career batting average at home, .314 to .279, which isn’t all that surprising. What is surprising is that in two of the last three seasons his home batting average has been almost 50 points higher or more.

Weaknesses

Position? Butler played and started just 11 games at first base last season. If your league’s eligibility requirements are stricter than this, Butler’s value takes a hit because he can only be started at utility.

ADP Report (122.7)

It’s not exciting to draft Butler, but given how deceptively shallow first base is (again, if he qualifies), this ADP is a steal. If Butler doesn’t qualify at first base in your league, he’s still someone I would take at 123rd overall, and probably a bit higher. You can see from both the chart above and the intro that Butler’s yearly numbers are very stable, so another repeat season seems like a logical conclusion.

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