It’s been a summer of growth for Cornbelters slugger Jack Butler, who leads the Prospect League with 10 home runs in 33 games. But he hasn’t always been a power hitter.
“Not at all, not even remotely close,” said Butler. “I maybe get a home run every season. And so, where I’m at right now, I can’t even explain it.”
Butler hit three home runs his entire sophomore season at Illinois State. But he’s experiencing a power surge with the Cornbelters. He’s near the top of the league in home runs.
“I’ve just not missed the pitches that I’ve been dealt with. Got a lot of fast balls middle in, and when I get the chance I just haven’t missed those, so that’s been huge for me,” Butler said. “Having everything feel right has been a blessing.”
“Jack is one of our best players right now. He leads the league now in home runs. The power we weren’t expecting that much,” said Cornbelters manager Rick White. “All of a sudden he’s been working on his swing, and now he’s hitting the ball to all parts of the park, hitting home runs like it’s nothing.”
The soon to be ISU junior says he hopes the success he’s had this summer will carry over into next season with the Redbirds. But for now, he’s enjoying the wood bat season and hoping to hit some more home runs.
“It’s been awesome, it’s been an adjustment. You get like two days at home, then you’re gone all day the next day, then you get home really late,” said Butler. “So you just gotta prepare yourself and just hang in there every day and be ready to go.”