The Transformer Makes His AA Debut

A 19th round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2003 draft out of Iona College, Motte spent the first three years of his professional career and the first month of the 2006 season as a catcher.

For the first three and a half seasons of Jason Motte's career, he was a catcher with highly regarded defensive skills, as at one time, Baseball America rated him as the best defensive catcher in the STL system.

In May of 2006, Motte was convinced to try pitching, and the rest, as they say, is history.

A career .190 hitter in 219 games, Motte made the conversion and pitched in 29 games in relief last year. He went 1-2 with 3.08 ERA and eight saves in 21 games as the closer for State College.

Last season Motte pitched in eight games for Quad Cities of Midwest League, going 1-1 with 4.97 ERA after being promoted from the New York-Penn League.

After a very impressive spring training, where Motte didn't give up an earned run in nine appearances, Motte began the season in Palm Beach, picking up three saves in four chances, while going 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA, allowing just one earned run in ten appearances.

Motte was promoted to Springfield on April 29th to shore up the bullpen. He made his first appearance as a pitcher at the Double-A level Wednesday after appearing for Springfield as a catcher in both 2005 and 2006.

Wednesday Motte came in the game in the eighth inning, with the Cardinals down by the score of 12-10 to the Wichita Wranglers. He gave up three runs on three hits, walked two batters, and had a wild pitch in his Double-A debut, as the Wranglers went on to defeat the Cardinals 15-10.

Originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19th round (575th overall) out of Iona College, in June of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Motte is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing prospects in the Cardinals farm system, despite his first rough outing at the Double-A level.

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