Rays Prospects

Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Taylor Motter’s Power Surge Continues

By Robbie Knopf

If Taylor Motter was simply hitting for power over the fall and winter, we would not be saying anything. But after the 25 year old’s surprising 16 homers this season, seeing him continue that is a good sign.

Arizona Fall League: Salt River Rafters 12, Peoria Javelinas 2

The good news from this game: Justin O’Conner still cannot be stopped. He has multi-hit performances in all three of his AFL games after going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored in this one to give him a .583 average in the early going. Zach Cooper also had a solid outing, working around a walk with a strikeout in a scoreless relief inning. Unfortunately, the third Rays prospect in this game, Matt Lollis, allowed 5 runs in just 0.2 innings pitched. To be fair, he was better than the pitcher before him allowed 6 runs without recording an out.

Venezuelan Winter League: Leones del Caracas 6, Bravos de Margarita 3

Through two games for the Bravos, Taylor Motter still does not have a single. But he drilled a triple and a double in his first game before following it up with a 2-run homer in this contest. Motter was back in centerfield despite his Opening Day error, and it will be interesting to see if he can actually play there. Adding some power and a few more positions to Motter’s already solid utility profile just keeps making him more interesting.

Also appearing for the Bravos in this game was ex-Rays prospect Matt Nevarez, who struck out 1 in a perfect inning. Daniel Mayora also appeared for Caracas and went 1 for 4 as their third baseman.