Josh joins the Bluefish for his Atlantic League debut and eighth season of professional baseball. Last year he split time between three minor league levels of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. In 14 combined appearances (six starts) the former Major Leaguer posted a 4.45 ERA and recorded 17 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched.
The 28-year-old began his professional career with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 after being selected in the second round of the amateur draft. After two seasons with the Rays organization he was traded to the Brewers for outfielder Gabe Gross. In 2009, he ascended the ranks quickly by making the jump from Single-A all the way up to the Major Leagues. In 24 combined minor league contests, the righthander collected a 9-3 record with a 2.97 ERA and 96 punchouts en route to his big league debut. He finished the season with Milwaukee, appearing in three games for the Brew Crew. Butler owns a 37-37 career record in the minors with a 4.38 ERA and 448 strikeouts over the course of 138 games (125 starts).