D-backs Roster & Staff

Michael Butcher #23


Is in his third season as pitching coach with Arizona and 18th overall...In 2017, Arizona finished in the Top 2 in the NL in both ERA (3.66) and strikeouts (1,482) for the third time in club history (also: 1999 & 2001)...The D-backs' 3.66 ERA was a franchise best, 0.11 better than the previous mark of 3.77 in 1999, and 1.43 lower than 2016 (5.09)...Arizona's 1.43 difference in ERA from 2016 to 2017 was the best in baseball, ahead of Cleveland (0.54) and Minnesota (0.49)...Arizona set a club record with 1,482 strikeouts, 164 more than its previous record (1,318 in 2016), and 9.26 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (8.17 in 2016)...The D-backs surrendered the fewest home runs (171) in the NL for the first time in team history, down from 202 in 2016.


During his tenure with the Angels (2007- 15), they ranked among AL teams in quality starts (2nd, 796), wins (2nd, 807), complete games (T-2nd, 58), ERA (3rd, 4.00) and shutouts (3rd, 105)...his starters led the AL with 590 wins, while his relievers tied for first with 409 saves...Prior to his 1-year stint as Joe Maddon's pitching coach with the Rays in 2006, spent 6 seasons in the Angels' Minor League system (2000-05)...was pitching coach for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League in 2003.


Made 115 relief appearances over 4 Major League seasons with California and was 11-4 with 9 saves and a 4.47 ERA...On July 6, 1992, made his Major League debut vs. Blue Jays and struck out his only batter faced (Derek Bell)...Earned his first 2 victories 2 days apart @ Yankee Stadium on Aug. 21 and 23, 1992...Led Angels' relievers with 6 wins in 1995...Played 11 seasons in the Minor Leagues in the following organizations: Kansas City (1986-88), California (1988-1995, '98), Cleveland (1996) and Seattle (1996)...Selected by the Reds in the fourth round in the 1986 draft but did not sign…signed with the Royals after being drafted in the second round of the June Secondary Draft later that year.


Michael Dana Butcher...Married to Tami…has 3 children: Madison, Tatum and Brooks...Attended Northeast Oklahoma A&M...Is a 1983 graduate from United Township High School in East Moline, Ill….played baseball, football and wrestled...Family owns Aunt Chilada's and Rustler's Roost restaurants in Phoenix.