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IF/OF

Taylor Motter

Taylor Davis Motter

Height: 6'1"    Weight: 195

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 09/18/1989 in West Palm Beach, Florida

College: Coastal Carolina University

Acquired: In trade from the Tampa Bay Rays, with Richie Shaffer, for Dalton Kelly, Andrew Kittredge, and Dylan Thompson (11/18/2016)

MLB Debut: 05/16/2016

Free Agent after: 2022 season

Twitter handle: @taylormotter7

Motter fooled us all early last season—when pressed into duty by an injury to shortstop Jean Segura, he looked like a star in he making, putting up an early .321/.387/.786 line that seemed too good to be true. And it was. By the end of April he was down to .225/.286/.535 and he would fall all the way to .204 before being optioned to Tacoma. He spent four weeks in Triple-A and earned another shot, but from his return in August through the end of the year only managed to hit .170 in 47 at-bats. His value was in his versatility—he played first, second, third, short, left, and right last year—but with the arrival of Andrew Romine, Motter's utility isn't special anymore and he figures to, at best, ride the Tacoma shuttle a lot this year if he even stays with the organization.

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