Birdhouse MiLB Reliever of the Month: July

Right-hander Jason Motte has absolutely been blowing hitters away in Triple-A over the last few weeks as he closes in on an all-time Memphis Redbird record.

Added to the 40-Man Roster in November, Motte, a converted catcher pitched very well in 07, splitting playing time between Palm Beach and Springfield, finishing the season with a combined record of 4-3 with a 1.98 ERA with 11 saves, appearing in 53 games.

This season Motte has yet to get a chance to prove himself in St. Louis, after watching Memphis teammates Mike Parisi, Mitchell Boggs, Mark Worrell, Chris Perez and Jaime Garcia all get a shot at the big leagues this season.

Motte has allowed one run in his last 15 appearances (17 2/3 innings), lowering his ERA to 3.19. He's also struck out 27 batters in his last 15 2/3 innings, while issuing just three walks.

The Cardinals could use Motte coming out of the bullpen before the major league rosters expand in September, because he has the arm and the fastball that can get you a much needed strike out that can change the course of a game.

If not before September, hopefully in September Motte will get his first cup of coffee in St. Louis.

On Friday, Jason was named the St. Louis Cardinals' organizational "Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June", coming on the heels of a game where he struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to give the ‘Birds their third straight win over the Fresno Grizzlies.

Jason Motte made his 51st appearance Saturday night for the Redbirds picking up his fourth save of the year. The right-hander is closing in on the Redbirds all-time games record. Jim Dougherty holds the record with 60 games in the ‘Birds PCL Championship season of 2000.

Selected in the 19th round (575th overall) of the June 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Motte ranked 22nd in the Birdhouse Annual pre-season Top 40 Prospect Rankings.

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