August 05, 2013

Butler finally gets the call

Former Privateer outfielder Joey Butler, a two-time Triple-A All-Star who was hitting .290/.375/.437 at Round Rock with 10 homers and 44 RBI, was finally called up to the Texas Rangers after Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz was suspended by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis case.

Butler is the second player from UNO's 2007 and 2008 NCAA regional teams to reach the majors. Johnny Giavotella has played parts of the past three seasons with the Kansas City Royals.

Joey Butler's week, in photos

Aug 5: Graphic shown on Fox SW's pre-game
show on August 5th.
Aug 5: Joey has a front row seat as his Rangers
lead the Angels in his first game as a Major Leaguer. The
Rangers would win 5-2. Joey did not appear in the game.

Aug 6: The Rangers leave the field after their second
straight win with Joey in uniform. Again, Joey did
not appear in the game.

Aug 7: Joey pinch hit for his first Major League plate
appearance. He hit a line drive right at the second
baseman. The Rangers won again.

Aug 9: In his first start, Joey led off the top of the third
by rolling a ball just fair inside the first base line for a
stand-up double, His first Major League hit!

Aug 9: Leading off the 7th inning, Joey dropped a ball into
the right field corner for his second MLB hit, another
double! The Rangers would rally for another win,
Joey's fourth in four tries in the bigs.