Jacob Butler brings his powerful bat to New Jersey after spending the 2009 season with the St. Paul Saints, where he finished third in the independent American Association with 16 home runs.
A former eighth round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2005 out of the University of Nevada, Butler has hit 83 home runs in his first five professional seasons. With the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2007, the 27-year-old led the Advanced-A Florida State League with 23 long balls. His 14 homers in 2005 with the Pulaski Blue Jays were good for second in the Rookie-Level Appalachian League.
While the Washington native has primarily been an outfielder during his career, he also played 55 games at first base for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2008 when he hit 16 home runs at the Double-A level.