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#26 Joe Butler

Position : Infielder
Date of Birth :
Height : 6'3"
Weight : 195
College : Illinois State
Bats : Right
Throws : Right
Resides : Channahon, IL
School Year : Junior

2018 (Sophomore Year): Appeared in 39 games, with 28 starts … Played the corner outfield positions in 24 starting assignments with three at second base and one start at third … batted .145/.236/.281 with four doubles, three home runs, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored … had five multiple RBI games … drove in a career-high six runs at Morehead State (3/3) going 1-for-4 with a home run … went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs, and three runs scored at Evansville (5/19).

2017 (Freshman Year): Appeared in 52 games, with 47 starts … split time between the infield and outfield, with 27 starting assignments at second base and 14 starts in left field … also served as a designated hitter in six games … batted .242/.344/.333 with 10 extra-base hits, 18 RBIs and 23 runs scored … tallied 12 multi-hit games, tied for fourth most on the team … hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run in first collegiate at-bat, at Austin Peay (2/18) … made first start the next day, versus Youngstown State (2/19) … tallied three hits on four occasions … drove in a career-high three runs against Missouri State (5/18) … registered multi-hit games in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament against Wichita State (5/25) and at Missouri State (5/26) … drove in a run in the MVC Tournament’s title game against Dallas Baptist (5/28) … named to the MVC and AFNI honor rolls.

Minooka HS: Three-year member of the baseball team … twice earned all-conference honors … slashed .360/.463/.506 as a senior … also earned all-area status senior year … compiled a .315/.378/.427 batting line as a sophomore … posted an 8-1 pitching record as a sophomore … team won regional championships junior and senior years … team won sectional title junior year … team won conference championship sophomore year … also played four years of basketball … earned scholar-athlete honors every possible semester.

Personal: Born June 29, 1997 in Kankakee, Illinois … son of Jon and Anne Butler … has three siblings: Jacob, Megan and Jonathan … brother, Jacob, played baseball at St. Francis University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014 … dad played football at Illinois Wesleyan … mom competed in track and field at Olivet Nazarene … majoring in agriculture.

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