ST. LOUIS, Mo - Every kid who plays baseball dreams of playing in the "majors" someday. Morgantown native Keith Butler is living that dream.
The former Butler County High School standout pitcher was called up by the St. Cardinals Friday and will join the team's bullpen.
Butler participated in Cardinals spring training earlier this year but was sent to AAA Memphis to start the season. In seven appearances, Butler posted a 9.53 earned run average (ERA). In early May, he joined the Cardinals' AA club in Springfield. His numbers improved drastically, posting seven saves in 13 appearances with a 0.66 ERA.
Butler flourished as Springfield's closer in 2012. He recorded 25 saves and posted a 2.76 ERA in 53 appearances.
Butler spent two years at Wabash Valley College before St. Louis selected him in the 24th round of the 2009 draft.