Gives Arizona outstanding depth at the catching position with excellent defensive skills ... Will challenge for full-time starting role ... Improved offense could lead to more playing time.
Season: Returned from Tommy John surgery to become key contributor for Wildcats ... Played in 33 games and made 19 starts ... Batted .268 with two doubles and two triples ... Committed only three errors behind the plate ... Stanford (May 17-18): Started second game of series and collected a hit and an RBI in three at bats ... Utah Valley State (May 9-11): Made two starts in series, collecting a hit, a run and an RBI at the plate ... San Diego State (April 29-30): Started each game of mid-week series, and posted a 1-for-4 effort with three RBI in second game ... at New Mexico (April 15-16): Started second game of mid-week series, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI ... UCLA (March 28-30): Started second game of series and notched a run scored while going 2-for-5 at the plate ... at Oklahoma State (March 25-26): Started second game of mid-week series and went 2-for-3 at the plate ... Cal State Fullerton (March 14-16): Started one game and finished the series 2-for-4 with two RBI ... Sacramento State (Feb. 29 - March 2): Went 1-for-1 with two sacrifice hits, an RBI and a run scored in second game of series ... at Georgia (Feb. 22-24): Appeared in all three games of season-opening series, making a start in second game.
Season: Appeared in 15 games, making seven starts, before missing the majority of the season after undergoing `Tommy John' surgery on his right elbow ... Batted .200 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI ... Utah Valley State (Feb. 6-7): Went 2 for 3 with a run scored, RBI and double in his second start of the year ... Gonzaga (Feb.2-4): Went 1 for 3 with a double, RBI and run scored in first career start.
Redshirted the season.
Graduated from Greenway High School in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Earned three varsity letters in baseball for coach Ryan Holtorf ... Team captain his senior season ... 2005 4A Desert Sky Region Player of the Year ... Northwest Valley Player of the Year his senior season ... First-team all-state and all-region in 2005 ... Started in the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Super 50 All-Star Game ... All-time Greenway HS single season leader in batting average (.539) and second in home runs (12) ... Led the state in home runs and batting average his senior year ... Honor roll, graduated in the top 15 percent of his class ... Two-time National Honor Society member.
Played two summers with the All-Star Baseball Academy.
Full name: Daniel John Butler ... Born: 10/17/86 in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Son of Steve and Karen Butler ... Father is a graduate of Glendale Community College and mother of Paradise Valley Community College ... Has one sister, Cristina Trice ... Majoring in physical education.