Fantasy Baseball Profile: Will Billy Butler Blow Up in 2010?

Feb 10, 2010

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Billy Butler hit .301 with 21 HRs and 93 RBIs last year. Was that just the tip of the iceberg?  While I don’t see the soon-to-be 24 year-old cranking out 30+ HRs and 120 RBIs, I think he continues to progress.

His first half resembled what he has done for most of his career hitting .290 with 8 HRs , 38 RBIs, and a .789 OPS. Solid numbers, but nothing that would make fantasy owners drool.

Then came his second half. Billy hit .314 with 13 HRs, 55 RBIs, and a .925 OPS. All of the sudden he has fantasy owners clamoring for him.

That and his newfound ability to hit righties. In his first two years he hit .272, .715 OPS and .244, .597 OPS. Last year however, he made great strides hitting .289, .805 OPS. Suddenly Butler is a complete hitter.

Though he’s not a big name, I wouldn’t mind having him as my #1 fantasy first baseman (click to see 1B rankings).

Prediction:  .310,  90 runs, 25 HRs, 105 RBIs, 2 SBs

Past profiles:
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles:  Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox:  Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs:  Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox:  Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds:  Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians:  Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins: Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros: Lance Berkman

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    February 10th, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Quick answer is yes, yes and yes. He’s a great pick for 2010. He’s young and gaining power, all you have to do is look at his doubles total from 2009.

    Big-time fan of his and glad I have him locked up for $1 this year.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 10th, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Hey, another guy we both agree on.

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