Yankees 2012 33rd round draft pick: Saxon Butler 1


With their 33rd round draft pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player draft, the Yankees selected Saxon Butler, a 6-foot-2, 239-pound first baseman out of Samford University.

A 22-year-old senior, Butler is a lefty swinging power hitter. All he does it hit, .340/.429/.575 with 15 homers and 14 doubles. His junior year he was even better, hitting .355 and setting Stamford records for doubles with 26.

He’s a senior so he shouldn’t be hard to sign, but he did have an interesting draft.

“I actually woke up this morning to a phone call from them before today’s part of the draft ever started,” Butler told Joe Medley of the Anniston Star. “They said that I was moving up their boards, and they were going to take me at some point today.

“They ended up calling me back in the 17th round and said they were about to take me. They called me back in the 23rd round and said they were about to take me and, finally, I heard my name called in the 33rd round.”

“I’m just glad it happened,” he said. “They just told me to come in and said I had good college bat and they liked me and was going to take me.”


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