ROUND ROCK -- This isn't the first time Joey Butler has been named an All-Star.
Butler, who earned 2011 postseason Pacific Coast League All-Star honors, became the lone player from Triple-A Round Rock to be selected to play in this year's PCL All-Star Game in Buffalo, N.Y., on July 11. But, according to Butler, he's not the one on his team most deserving of the accolades.
"I was surprised. I've had a decent year, but I didn't think I was a shoo-in for the All-Star team," Butler said. "I don't even think I'm our team's most dangerous hitter when we have guys like Mike Bianucci, who has some power. We have Yangervis Solarte, who rarely strikes out. We have Brad Nelson, whose power numbers are right where they always are."
Butler hit .322 with 12 home runs and 57 RBIs in 113 games with Round Rock last year, but he struck out a team-high 138 times, the league's third-highest total. Butler leads the PCL with 53 walks this season, 10 more than he had all of last year. His batting average has dipped to .281, but his .398 on-base percentage is 10 points higher than it was a year ago.
"Last year, I struck out a bunch, chased a bunch out of the zone," Butler said. "Now, I'm waiting for a pitch to get in the zone. If it doesn't come, I don't swing. Guys are trying to get me to chase stuff because of what I did last year. Even on 2-1, 3-1 pitches, they're still trying to get me to chase."