Someone to keep an eye on: Billy Butler

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A post in which we advise you to pick up a member of the- gulp- Kansas City Royals.

Looking at the way Billy Butler pounded AA pitching at age 20, and AAA pitching at age 21, it is no wonder why most expected the Royals slugger to break out this season. Butler broke Spring Training with the big league club, but struggled to hit for average and power. The Royals sent him down for a month- between May 28 and June 28- but since his return to the bigs, Butler has been mashing.

In AL only leagues, or in any keeper league, Butler is worth securing. He has 13 hits, four homers, and 14 RBI in his last 12 games. Butler seems to be entrenched in the fifth spot in the Royals order, so he should have a lot more RBI opportunities in coming weeks.

Butler's biggest downside is his position. While he'll probably count as a 1B in most leagues, he seems to primarily be playing DH these days. Because of a glut of power hitters of those positions, he probably shouldn't be picked up in standard 12-team mixed -league leagues. Still, Butler is starting to live up to his lofty potential, so he's definitely someone to monitor.

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