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2013 Fantasy Baseball: Draft Billy Butler Early

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The 2013 fantasy baseball season is drawing ever closer with less than three months until the Major League Baseball season gets underway and around six weeks until spring training begins. Over the past few years, there have been few designated hitters that have been as consistent as Billy Butler. Butler had his breakout year in 2012 and I think 2013 is worth a top-40 selection in your fantasy draft.

Butler is part of an emerging Kansas City Royals offense that is another year older and should produce even more than it did in 2012. Butler began his career as a doubles machine which was great for owners who had Butler with his high batting average but never got the home runs until this past season. Butler had 29 home runs and knocked in 107 runs in 2012 while earning an All-Star Game appearance. I really think Butler can at least match those numbers in 2013 and easily could pass them.

If I was drafting today, Butler would get picked in the late third round or early fourth round. I know that is going to seem high to a lot of people but when you can get a hitter who hits around .300 with 25-30 home runs and 100-110 RBI, it is worth the pick without any doubt. Butler slips under the radar some being in Kansas City but is becoming a dominating player. Butler will get his chances at first base as well which should allow him to keep the eligibility there, which will help fantasy baseball owners. I suggest now that you get Billy Butler on your list of players to draft in 2013.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.