Motter has proven to be a true jack-of-all-trades, and his diverse skill set could keep him entrenched on the major league club for an extended period, if not the duration of the season. The 26-year-old manned six different positions for the Rays during spring training, and he's equipped to capitalize on the multiple-month absence of Kevin Kiermaier. At present, Motter is in a platoon with struggling offseason acquisition Brad Miller at shortstop, and with Tim Beckham's recent demotion to Triple-A Durham, he slots in as Steve Pearce's immediate backup at second base as well.
Motter was struggling himself at the Triple-A level this season before his call-up, but the combination of decent power, speed, plate skills and shortstop eligibility make him intriguing. His line was an admittedly ugly .190/.228/.303 over 149 plate appearances, but he also was the victim of an abnormally low .209 BABIP. His prior seasons are more representative of what he can bring to the table, as Motter posted wOBA figures of .414, .338, .360, .343 and .381, respectively, over all of the minor league campaigns in which he tallied at least 195 plate appearances.
He's already started to show glimpses in his short time with the big league team, slashing .267/.421/.733 with two homers and five RBI in five games entering Thursday. Motter posted double-digit homer seasons in 2014 and 2015 with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham, respectively. What we'll likely also see soon is some thievery on the basepaths – he swiped 116 bags over 491 minor league contests, including four seasons where he reached the 20-steal threshold.
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