In his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Drew Butera earned the backup catcher’s role out of Spring Training and wound up seeing extensive playing time due to A.J. Ellis’ injuries.
Butera appeared in 61 games, which is his highest total since the 2011 season when he played in 93 games with the Minnesota Twins. While Butera was behind the plate for the bulk of 2014, he also saw action on the mound for the Dodgers.
On two occasions last season, Butera was asked to enter a game as a relief pitcher. In both instances, the Dodgers were well behind in the game and Butera was used as a means to preserve the bullpen.
Butera’s first appearance came in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 14 against the Miami Marlins and he pitched a scoreless inning, including recording one strikeout. Butera was back on the mound three days later and picked up another strikeout, but also gave up a two-run home run.
Butera is part of the MLB roster that is participating in the Japan All-Star Series and prior to Game 2, he posed with a fan who made a sign that references the catcher’s pitching abilities, via MLB Fan Cave:
— MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) November 14, 2014