Moritz Buttgereit

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  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 198 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Moritz Buttgereit played in the Bundesliga and for the German national team.

He was 1 for 11 with 3 walks, four runs and two RBI for Germany in the 2001 European Junior Championship. He made his Bundesliga debut a year later, hitting .261/.363/.290 for the Strausberg Sun Warriors but fielding .838 (primarily at SS). His 19 errors led the league by five. He was mostly a third baseman by his next Bundesliga appearance, with the 2005 Solingen Alligators. He produced at a .389/.473/.463 clip with 30 runs in 27 games and fielded .923. He was 6th in the northern Bundesliga-1 in average, 8th in hits (37), 5th in runs and 7th in OBP. He hit .346/.382/.385 in the postseason.

In 2006, he fell to .273/.407/.352 but went 8-for-9 in steals and still scored over a run per game. Playing every spot except shortstop and pitcher, he fielded .881. He was 4th in the league in runs and tied for 6th in walks (15). He only hit .154/.175/.179 in the postseason but the Alligators still won the title. The next year, he was primarily an outfielder but also played a fair bit of third, hitting .247/.379/.312. In 2008, he was the starting left fielder, batting .294/.449/.402 with 36 runs and 29 RBI in 28 games. He was 7th in RBI, tied Julius Uelschen for 2nd in runs (9 behind Chris Beck), was 2nd in times plunked (11) and was 3rd in lowest strikeout ratio (4 K in 102 AB; only Kai Gronauer and Beck were better)

Buttgereit kept it up in 2009: .366/.475/.430, 31 R, 23 RBI in 24 G. He was 9th in average, tied Dominik Wulf for 6th in RBI, 4th in hits (34), tied for 8th in doubles (6), 4th in runs (between Wulf and Ben Bizier), tied for 5th in walks, 7th in OBP and 10th in OPS. He was at .264/.374/.333 with 31 runs in 25 games in '10. He was 3rd in runs, behind Evan Porter and Jendrick Speer. During 2011, he hit .282/.377/.318 and tied for 9th with 24 RBI.

The Berlin native drove in 21 runs in 26 games in 2012 and batted .281/.410/.344. In 2013, he batted .451/.563/.657 with 45 runs and 28 RBI in 28 contests. He was 3rd in average (after Brent Buffa and Tanner Leighton), tied Daniel Lamb-Hunt for 6th in RBI, was 4th in hits (46), led in runs (7 ahead of #2 Bradley Roper-Hubbert), led in walks, was 5th in slugging and led in OBP (Buffa was also at .563).

He considered retiring before the 2014 season but the team talked him out of it. He hit .376/.491/.482 with 27 runs in 23 games and did not make an error in the outfield. He was 9th in average (between Björn Schonlau and Roper-Hubbert), 6th in hits, 5th in runs, tied for 4th in walks and was 5th in OBP. Solingen won their second title; he hit .304/.418/.304 with 9 walks and 8 runs in 12 games.

Starting in left field for Germany in the 2014 European Championship, he hit .286/.494/.286 with 7 walks, 3 runs and 3 RBI in 8 games. He was two-for-two in steals and had 8 putouts. Only Max Boldt had a better OBP for Germany. He tied Daniel Martinez, Adam Sorgi and Chris Berset for 5th in the Euros in walks drawn.

He does not appear to have played since 2014.