Motte's Cardinals career began when he was selected in the 19th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft from Iona College. He was a catcher for his first three years as a professional. But after struggling offensively, he was convinced by the organization to switch to the mound to take advantage of his strong arm.
The move has proven to be a good decision as the 24-year-old has seen a quick rise through the Cardinals' system. In May 2006, Motte joined the short-season Class-A State College Spikes where he posted a 3.08 ERA in 26 innings, striking out 25 and walking only four. Late in the season, Motte was promoted to low Class-A Quad Cities where he finished the year.
In 2007, Motte began at Class A-Advanced Palm Beach. After 10 innings of 0.90 ERA pitching, he was promptly promoted to Double-A Springfield. In the Texas League, Motte continued to impress with a 2.20 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 49 innings.
Motte was eligible to be taken by another organization in the Rule 5 Draft one year ago, but properly was likely not deemed ready for the Major Leagues. After a much stronger year of pitching in 2007, the Cardinals must again make a decision as to whether they want to risk leaving Motte exposed or add him to their 40-man roster.
The former catcher talks about his conversion, his growth as a pitcher this past season and what the future may hold in this exclusive audio interview.
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Closer Chris Perez
Outfielder Colby Rasmus
Catcher Bryan Anderson
Mesa Solar Sox coach Mark Riggins
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