Left exposed but untaken in the Rule 5 draft less than two years ago, the weak-hitting catcher-turned fireballing reliever has now rocketed up the hierarchy to the point the organization reportedly would not consider trading him over the summer for much-needed major league relief help, albeit short-term, perhaps.
In recent years, the Cardinals organization had been savaged as being one of the worst in the game, allegedly lacking in major league prospects both quantity and quality. Yet on September 3, Motte joined ten other Cardinals prospects that had previously made their major league debuts this season.
They include pitchers Kyle McClellan, Mark Worrell, Chris Perez, Mitchell Boggs, Mike Parisi and Jaime Garcia, infielder Rico Washington, outfielders Joe Mather, Nick Stavinoha and
Rule 5-pick up Brian Barton. The latter spent time in
Including Barton, 22 of our top 42 Cardinals prospects from last winter spent time on the Memphis roster this season, including 14 of the top 21 and a most-impressive eight of the top 11.
Of them all, Motte, our #22-ranked Cardinals prospect coming into the season, stepped to the forefront, both at the Triple-A level and in the majors, leading to his selection as our Scout.com St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year for 2008.
As a reminder, following is the full list of our 2008 Relievers of the Year at the various levels of the Cardinals system.
Scout.com subscribers can click on the players' names to read the detailed articles on each, recapping their 2008 accomplishments, quotes and much more:
Quad Cities: Pete Parise
Dominican Summer League: Eduard Estalis
Venezuelan Summer League: David Brito
By the numbers
As with all system-wide awards, there was significant competition. Our own Leonda Markee assembled 2008 system-wide stats, both traditional and sabermetric, for Cardinals minor league relievers.
Qualifications: Jon Mikrut's 82 IP led the relievers that pitched solely out of the bullpen. Having pitched at least half of that was required to qualify.
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|DIPS Earned Run Average|
|The Control Artists|
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Master article with all 2008 Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year and the schedule for daily announcements: link. (This link is also permanently located at the lower left of The Birdhouse home page.)
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