Card: 2010 Topps #202
Andrew Edward Butera (born August 9, 1983 in Evansville, IN) is an American professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies. Drew is the son of former major league catcher Sal Butera.
Drew became the fifth catcher to catch a no hitter in both the American League (Francisco Liriano, 2011) and National League (Josh Beckett, 2014). He has also pitched scoreless innings in both leagues, with a fastball reaching the mid-90s. In 2020, he became the first position player ever to pitch a scoreless ninth inning after the other team had scored in each of the first eight innings.
Drew was taken in the 5th round of the 2005 draft by the New York Mets. In 2019, he was inducted into the UCF athletics hall of fame. In 2013, he played for the Italian national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
During his MLB career, Butera played a role in the 8th-inning comeback in Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS against Houston (with the Royals down two games to one and facing elimination) after Perez was lifted for a pinch-runner earlier in the game. Beginning the inning down 6-2, the score by the time Butera came to the plate was 6-6. Butera was able to draw a 10-pitch walk with one out and two men on, enabling Alex Gordon to hit a sacrifice grounder in the following at-bat for the go-ahead and winning run.
In the deciding game 5 of the 2015 World Series, Butera came out for the 12th inning and caught the game-winning strike from closer Wade Davis (00:05:23) to clinch the championship for Kansas City.
On defense, in 2016 he had the best arm strength (89.0) of all major league catchers.
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