Billy Ray Butler (nickname: Country Breakfast) (born April 18, 1986) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals. He has also played first base, left field, and right field. Butler was selected by the Royals in the first round (14th overall) of the 2004 draft out of high school and signed for a $1.45 million bonus, $250,000 below the recommended slot value for that pick. He attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was teammates with fellow first-round draft pick Eric Hurley, a pitcher selected by the Texas Rangers. He turned down a scholarship to play for the University of Florida to go pro.
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