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40 in 40: Butler, Dan & Capuano, Chris

So a conference in Orlando set me back a few days so we'll be doing some pairs here to play catch-up. Today a backup catcher and the newest member of the 40-man

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Butler, Dan - #61

Position: Catcher

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Age: 27

Size: 5'10", 210 lbs

Acquired: Signed as an UDFA in July 2009

Contract: $490,000 (League Minimum Pro-Rated)

Comments: Butler shares the roster with 4 other cachers and is fairly deep down the depth chart as far as backstops go. He could see some time in the majors, however, as a back-up type as he is already 27 and is a very capable defensive player. His ceiling is pretty low and with Vazquez and Swihart moving rapidly up the system he stands little chance getting serious consideration for a starting job with the Sox. Butler's best year with the bat was in 2011 with Greenville (A) where he posted a 0.929 OPS to go with a 0.406 OBP in 213 ABs. Last year in AAA Pawtucket he showed some power with 14 HR across 282 ABs to go with a respectable 0.829 OPS

Facts/Notes:

  • Butler underwent TJ surgery in 2007.
  • Butler attended the University of Arizona..

Season Outlook: Butler looks to be stand a chance at a call-up only in the case of an injury to AJ or Ross as he's closest to the ML level in terms of catching prospects. He looks to be a capable backup but whether or not that is with the Sox remains to be seen. He'll be the primary catcher at Pawtucket to start the season.

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Capuano, Chris - #55

Position: Starting Pitcher

Bats: Left, Throws: Left

Age: 35

Size: 6'3", 215 lbs

Acquired: Signed as a FA on FEb. 22nd 2014

Contract: $2,250,000 (FA-2015)

Comments: Capuano was just recently brought in to provide help both with the rotation and as a long-man out of the pen. The veteran lefty has amassed 1267.2 major league innings with a career 97 ERA+. He's about as average as they come but can still provide some valuable innings and give the younger guys in the minors some time to develop consistent starting routines. Capuano pitched back-to-back 200+ IP seasons in 2005-2006 but injuries caused him to miss all of 2008-2009. He was able to revitalize his career and pitcher with the Mets in 2011 and the Dodgers in 2012-2013.

Facts/Notes:

Season Outlook: Capuano is what he is - an average veteran lefty that can be thrown into start or can come in and pitch multiple middle innings. HE allows the club to start someone like Workman in the minors to get a regular rotation and provides depth for the club.


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