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BUTERA IN THE BIG LEAGUES

Making his debut on Friday, April 9th, for the Minnesota Twins, catcher Drew Butera became the 24th Cyclones alum to advance to the major leagues.

Butera made his professional debut in 2005 with Brooklyn, appearing in 55 games for the Cyclones.  He hit .217 (38-for-175), with 13 runs, nine doubles, one triple, one home run, and 23 RBI.  Butera's greatest strength, however, was his defense. 

The catcher threw out a whopping 31 of 69 would-be basestealers (.450) to make his mark on Cyclones history.

Midway through the 2007 season, Butera and fellow former Cyclone, Dustin Martin, were traded by New York to Minnesota, in exchange for second baseman Luis Castillo.

Butera was named to the Twins' 2010 Opening Day roster, serving as the team's back-up catcher, behind 2009 Americal League MVP Joe Mauer.  Drew's father, Sal, was also a major league catcher, playing for the Twins, Blue Jays, Reds and Expos over a nine-year MLB career.

Including Butera, 24 total players have played for the Cyclones and gone on to appear in a major league game.  Seven former Cyclones are currently on a major league active roster: Brian Bannister (Royals) Butera, Mike Jacobs (Mets), Matt Lindstrom (Astros), Jenrry Mejia (Mets), Angel Pagan (Mets), and Joe Smith (Indians).

 



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