|Minnesota Twins – No. 41|
|Born: August 9, 1983 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 9, 2010 for the Minnesota Twins|
|Career statistics |
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||41|
|Career highlights and awards|
Andrew "Drew" Edward Butera (born August 9, 1983) is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Minnesota Twins. The 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m), 210 pounds (95 kg) right-hander is the son of former major league catcher Sal Butera. They are the first father-son combination to play for the Twins.
 Early years
Upon graduation from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida, Butera was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 48th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Central Florida by the New York Mets.
In 2007, Butera batted .258 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in for the St. Lucie Mets to be named a Florida State League All-Star. Following the All-Star game, Butera was promoted to the double-A Binghamton Mets. After a month at Binghamton, he was dealt to the Twins at the trade deadline along with Dustin Martin for second baseman Luis Castillo. On November 19, 2008, he was added to the Twins' 40 man roster.
 Major League career
After playing winter ball with Lobos de Arecibo of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico, Butera made the Twins out of spring training 2010. Butera made his major league debut on April 9, 2010 against the Chicago White Sox, and got his first major league hit against the Cleveland Indians on April 22, 2010. He hit his first MLB career home run in a 13–10 eleven-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 19.
On May 20, 2012, Butera replaced Brian Duensing to pitch the eighth inning of the Twins 16–4. loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Butera pitched a scoreless inning, issuing a walk and striking out Carlos Gomez. He threw a fastball and a changeup.
- "Sal Butera". Baseball-reference.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=111808. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
- Bryan Hoch (2005-06-08). "Q&A with Mets 5th Round Pick Drew Butera". http://mets.scout.com/2/385833.html.
- Kelly Thesier (2008-11-19). "Twins add eight to 40-man roster". MLB.com. http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081119&content_id=3685366&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min.
- "Minor League Baseball". http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=C&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=460077. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
- Anthony DiComo (2010-03-31). "Twins want Ramos to grow at Triple-A". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100331&content_id=9027192&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min.
- Bollinger, Rhett (May 1, 2012). "Butera to join Twins for tilt against Angels". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120501&content_id=30126430.
- "Box Score - Sunday, May 20, 2012". May 20,2012. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL201205200.shtml.
- "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Drew Butera". Brooks Baseball. http://brooksbaseball.net/player_cards/player_card.php?player=460077. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
 See also
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Drew Butera on Twitter