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A Long Season For Drew Butera

Butera is hitting .140 since July 1st

Drew Butera, known more for his defensive prowess behind the plate, has struggled offensively in 2006. The 2005 fifth round pick out of the University of Central Florida has finished his first taste of the long-season leagues under the dreaded Mendoza line but says he looks at his first full year in the pros as more of a learning experience.

"It's had its ups and downs," Drew Butera said of his 2006 season. "I've struggled a little bit offensively trying to find myself and get my feet wet. But it's been a great learning experience for me. I've learned a lot about myself. I got to mature mentally and physically. I've enjoyed it." After hitting .194 in his first 36 games with the Hagerstown Suns, Butera appeared to have turned...

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