Brian Butterfield has coached third base in the major leagues for 10 years. In his world, finding that one outfielder who is a step slow or has a weak arm is currency that can be used to win a game.
In 2010, Daniel Nava was that player and even the Red Sox knew it.
Nava made a quick rise because of his skills at the plate. He had the patience and power.
Nava even came with a good story. He was cut by his college team and made his way to the majors via junior college and an independent league. When the Sox called Nava up to the majors, he hit the first pitch he saw for a grand slam. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.