Keeping Score

Pascagoula's Butler called up to the Big Leagues

Former Pascagoula baseball star Joey Butler has reached the Big Leagues.

The outfielder was called up by the Texas Rangers on Monday after putting up good numbers at Triple-A Round Rock, Texas, this season.

"It's a humbling experience," Butler told "I'm happy to see some familiar faces and I'm excited and there's not much more that I could say." 

Butler fills the roster vacancy left by the 50-game suspension of Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida firm.

Butler, 27, was batting .290 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs for the Round Rock Express before he was promoted.

Butler played his high school ball at Pascagoula and competed on the college level at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of New Orleans.

Butler was drafted in the 15th round by the Rangers in 2008.