Taylor Davis Motter (born September 18, 1989) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO League. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, and Minnesota Twins.
Motter with the Tampa Bay Rays
|Born: September 18, 1989|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|May 16, 2016, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 Season)
|Runs batted in||37|
Motter graduated from Palm Beach Gardens Community High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and played college baseball at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. In three seasons with the Chanticleers (2009–2011), he appeared in 187 games (185 starts) and hit .303 with 18 home runs and 110 RBI with a slugging percentage of .482. He helped lead Coastal Carolina to three consecutive Big South Conference baseball championships, three NCAA Regional appearances and one NCAA Super Regional appearance (2010). While only hitting .256 with no home runs and three RBI in 13 Big South Tournament games, Motter, in 13 NCAA Regional/Super Regional games, hit .333 with three home runs and nine RBI while compiling a .622 slugging percentage. In 2010, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Tampa Bay RaysEdit
He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 17th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He made his professional debut with the Princeton Rays and also played in three games with the Bowling Green Hot Rods that year. He spent 2012 with Bowling Green, 2013 with the Gulf Coast Rays and Charlotte Stone Crabs, 2014 with the Montgomery Biscuits and 2015 with the Durham Bulls. In 2014, he was the MVP of the Southern League All-Star Game after going 3-3 with a home run. Motter was named the Durham Bulls' 2015 team MVP after ranking first in the International League in doubles (43) and extra-base hits (58), 3rd in total bases (229) and slugging percentage (.471), 4th in hits (142), on-base percentage (.366) and runs scored (74) and 8th in batting average (.292). The Rays added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.
Motter was called up to the major leagues on May 15, 2016. He earned his first major league hit the next day in his first at bat off J. A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays. The following game, he hit his first career major league homer off the Jays' Drew Storen. Motter ended his 2016 season with a .188 batting average.
On May 28, 2018, Motter was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. Motter was designated for assignment on July 24, 2018 and released on August 22nd.
On March 6, 2019, Motter signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers. He was released on May 14, 2019.
New Britain BeesEdit
On November 5, 2019, Motter re-signed with the New Britain Bees. However, following the Bees' move to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, he was drafted by the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Bees dispersal draft.
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