Longtime #RedSox Minor Leaguer Dan Butler Retires as World Series Champion, Joins Arizona Diamondbacks Coaching Staff as Bullpen Catcher.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday night that they had finalized their major league coaching staff for the upcoming 2019 season.

Among the additions was now retired and former Red Sox catcher Dan Butler, and that was all but confirmed with a tweet from the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

Butler, 32, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Red Sox in 2009 and spent nine out of 10 professional seasons with the club.

A product of the University of Arizona, Butler was never deemed a big name prospect by Boston. Instead, he was viewed more as organizational depth who really never got an opportunity to see regular playing time in the majors.

In the two times he was called up by the Red Sox, the backstop appeared in a total of seven games in 2014, and then appeared in two games this past season while both Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart were on the disabled list.

Over that short span, Butler slashed .200/.222/.320 with no home runs and three RBI, one of which came in a game against the Baltimore Orioles in August.

Outside of the Red Sox, Butler also spent one season in the Washington Nationals system following a trade between the two clubs in early 2015.

There, with Triple A Syracuse, the Arizona native posted a .631 OPS over 83 games played and was later re-signed to a minor league contract by the Red Sox prior to the start of spring training in 2016.

In total, Butler appeared in 768 minor league games in a span of 10 years, and finished with a slash line of .253/.345/.397 as well as 61 homers and 343 RBI.

It certainly wasn’t Hall of Fame worthy, but Butler goes out as a World Series champion and a well-respected member of the Red Sox organization.

He should receive approximately $416,837.72 in postseason shares from the Red Sox winning the World Series and his presence will be missed.

With Arizona though, Butler is closer to home and joins a few names Red Sox fans should be familiar with, such as Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, manager Torey Lovullo, and new assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske.


#RedSox Top Prospect Michael Chavis Homers in First Game with Triple A Pawtucket.

So, it somehow slipped by me on Friday that 1B/3B Michael Chavis had been promoted from Double A Portland up to Triple A Pawtucket.

That’s on me.

Chavis, 23 and ranked as Boston’s top prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been with the organization since he was selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft back in 2014.

Originally starting the 2018 season with the Sea Dogs, the Georgia native received an 80 game suspension on April 6th for testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a PED.

Since he was reinstated from the restricted list on July 2nd, Chavis has been performing quite well, as he slashed .303/.388/.508 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 33 games with the club.

A right-handed hitter, Chavis batted sixth in his PawSox debut against the Buffalo Bisons on Friday night, and he had himself a night to remember.

Finishing 3/4 at the plate, the top prospect nearly homered in his first at bat before he went deep later on in the top of the fourth.

With one out and a runner on first, Chavis swung at the first pitch he saw from Bisons starter Shawn Morimando and sent it to the opposite field for his first Triple A homer.

Since he’s not currently on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster, a corresponding move would have to be made if Chavis were to be a part of September call-ups at the beginning of next month.

For now though, it should be fun to watch how the corner infielder adjusts to the new level of competition in the International League.

#RedSox Promote Number Six Prospect Mike Shawaryn to Triple A Pawtucket Among Other Roster Moves.

Two days after promoting perhaps their most interesting draft pick in Durbin Feltman on Wednesday, the Red Sox kept themselves busy with some more shuffling of their minor league rosters this afternoon.

Among the four transactions made within the organization on Friday, the most relevant one in regards to the big league club would have to be the promotion of Mike Shawaryn to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Shawaryn, 23, was selected by Boston with the 148th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Maryland.

Listed at 6’2″ and 200 lbs., the New Jersey native has posted a 3.28 ERA in 19 starts and 112.2 innings pitched with the Double A Portland Sea Dogs this season.

A right-hander who is set to make his Triple A debut later tonight, Shawaryn’s arsenal consists of a fastball, a slider and changeup.

According to SoxProspects.com, Shawaryn, “Profiles best in a bullpen role. Could be valuable as a swingman, long relief-type capable of coming in the fifth or sixth inning and throwing two to three innings should he end up in the bullpen. Ceiling of a back-end starter if he can develop his changeup or another third offering.”

To go along with this roster move, the Red Sox have promoted 1B Josh Ockimey to Triple A Pawtucket and 3B Bobby Dalbec to Doube A Portland.

The team also announced moments ago that Blake Swihart has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. C Dan Butler, who has been with the PawSox this season, will take his place on the 25-man roster.