[Billy Ray Butler’ was born on April 18, 1986 in Orange Park, Florida. He is a utility fielder, currently playing first base for the Kansas City Royals.
Billy is 6’ 1” , weighs 240 pounds, and bats and throws right.
High SchoolBilly attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville.
Minor LeaguesBilly was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round (14th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of high school. Although offered a scholarship to the University of Florida, he turned it down, and signed for a $1.45 million bonus, ($250,000 below the recommended slot value for that pick.)
2004 - Idaho Falls Chukars in the Pioneer League 2005 - High Desert Mavericks in the California League, then the Wichita Wranglers in the Texas League 2006 - Wichita Wranglers 2007 - Omaha Royals in the Pacific Coast League 2008 - Omaha Royals
Major LeaguesBilly made his major league debut on May 1, 2007, and played 92 games that season.
He started 2008 in the minors but was called up as a designated hitter, and is currently being given a tryout at first base.