Note: This page discusses 2010s pitcher Keith Butler. For the Bahamas national team player of the same name, click here.
Keith Allen Butler
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- School Wabash Valley Community College
- High School Butler County High School
- Debut June 1, 2013
- Final Game April 16, 2014
- Born January 30, 1989 in Bowling Green, KY USA
Pitcher Keith Butler saw action in parts of two big league seasons.
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th round of the 2009 amateur draft, Butler made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Cardinals, going 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 6 saves in 21 appearances before joining the Johnson City Cardinals late in the season. With the Batavia Muckdogs in 2010, he was 0-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 5 saves in 27 outings. He began 2011 with the Quad Cities River Bandits, where he went 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 5 saves in 12 games before being promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals in mid-May. With Palm Beach, he went 1-1 with a 1.25 ERA and a team-high 12 saves in 34 appearances. With the Springfield Cardinals the next season, he posted a 5-1 record and a 2.76 ERA in 53 games while finishing second in the Texas League with 25 saves.
Butler started 2013 back with Springfield but was soon promoted to the AAA Memphis Redbirds. After going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in 7 games at that level, he was sent back to Springfield. After more success at Springfield, he was called up to the majors in late May. He made his big league debut with St. Louis on June 1st, throwing a scoreless inning of relief work against the San Francisco Giants. In 18 games, split among 2013 and 2014, Keith had a 6.14 ERA in 22 innings.