This week we look back at one of the more obscure names we’ve covered in this series since the lockout began, a member of the “Flow Bros” and a super-utility man from the 2017 Mariners, Taylor Motter.
After being drafted by the Rays in 2011 and spending the first six seasons of his career working through various levels of minor league ball in both the Rays and Mariners organizations, Motter finally got his shot at the Bigs when he joined the Mariners Major League team in 2017 where he filled in as a utility man, appearing in 92 games over the course of the season.
When I refer to Motter as a utility player, I really mean utility, as the guy spent time at all four infield positions as well as left and right field during the 2017 season. He filled in admirably whatever position he played as he was able to maintain a fielding % at or above .979 at every position, including a perfect 100% at 1B, LF, and RF.
Mariners: Taylor Motter and the Flow-Bro’s
While Motter was never known for having a big bat, strong arm, or exceptional speed, he will be remembered for his gorgeous shoulder-length blonde hair. Motter, along with fellow flow-bro Ben Gamel made the Mariners outfield stand out wherever they played, and however they played.
Gamel and Motter have both been around, playing for a bunch of teams. Currently, Gamel is on the Pirates after finding a bit of success in 2021. Meanwhile, Motter is a free agent after brief stints in Colorado and Boston, although he did rake in the minors this year for Colorado, and has a decent shot at being picked up by another team for 2022.
Taylor Motter Mariners Highlights
Let’s take a look back at the highlights from what was certainly a magical year for Motter himself, and less so for the team that he played for.
While his time in the big leagues was short, and the team was not overly competitive, Taylor Motter did his part to make the M’s fun for fans to watch. The hair made the defensive plays look even more impressive than they were, and the big hits always seemed to come in timely spots with runners on. He may not be an MLB legend, but he’ll be remembered by Mariners fans that watched and supported the team through another tough year in 2017.