Saints Re-Sign Post-Season All-Star Outfielder, University of Minnesota Product, Dan Motl
ST. PAUL, MN - He wasn't even in the starting lineup on Opening Day. For the first month of the season he hit in the number nine spot in the order. In the middle of June he was moved up to the second, hitting behind arguably the best hitter in the league at the time, Max Murphy. When Murphy had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks in early July, he hit leadoff in the order and never relinquished it. Coming off of a career year that saw him earn a mid-season and post-season All-Star slot in the outfield, the St. Paul Saints re-signed the hometown product, Dan Motl.
The 26-year-old Motl hit .328 with four home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games. In 366 at bats he has scored 74 runs, ripped 14 doubles, four triples, swiped 24 bases, a .416 on base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage. Motl finished first in the league in putouts by an outfielder (241), third in stolen bases, tied for fourth in average, runs and on base percentage. He was named as a starting outfielder in the American Association All-Star game at CHS Field. Motl hit safely in a career high 10 straight from June 11-20 and matched it from July 9-19. He also reached base safely in 19-straight from June 1-20. On two separate occasions Motl stole three bases. He had 36-multi hit games, including five-straight from June 16-20 where he collected three-hits four times and four hits once. He was solid in the playoffs collecting nine hits in 33 at bats, hitting safely in all eight games as the Saints collected their first championship in 15 years.
Motl joined the Saints in a trade with the Sioux Falls Canaries on August 24, 2018 for a player to be named later (Nathaniel Maggio). Upon joining the Saints, Motl hit .200 with two RBI in nine games. Overall, he hit .258 with two homers and 25 RBI in 67 games in 2018. In 233 at bats he scored 32 runs, had eight doubles, five triples, swiped 24 bases in 32 attempts, a .352 on base percentage, and a .361 slugging percentage. He swiped a base in back-to-back games twice and stole a bag in three-straight from May 20-23. Motl also stole two bases four times.
Motl began his professional career in 2017 with the Canaries where he hit .256 with no home runs and 41 RBI in 93 games. In 320 at bats he scored 52 runs, ripped 14 doubles, smashed nine triples, stole 37 bases in 41 attempts, had a .352 on base percentage, and a .356 slugging percentage. He led the league in triples, was third in stolen bases, and was tops among outfielders with a perfect fielding percentage. The season was highlighted by two, four-hit games on June 17 at Cleburne and July 29 vs. Lincoln. On August 6 vs. Texas he collected a career high four RBI. Motl stole two bases on seven occasions and had a career high three steals on July 22 at Texas.
In his three year professional career, Motl has committed just four errors in 650 chances, a .994 fielding percentage.
Motl spent four years at the University of Minnesota and was a Second Team All-Big 10 as a senior in 2016. He led the Golden Gophers with 19 doubles and 42 runs scored and was second on the team with 77 hits. During his junior season he had a 17-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 21 consecutive games, the longest streak in four years.
Motl is a graduate of Burnsville High where he was a Mr. Baseball Finalist and was All-Conference as a junior and senior. He also played quarterback on the football team and was selected All-Conference. His father Kevin played football at the University of Wisconsin and his grandfather was a part of the 1941 National Championship Basketball team at Wisconsin.
This is the seventh off-season signing for the Saints.
RHP Tanner Kiest
RHP Daniel Minor
RHP Matt Quintana
INF Josh Allen
INF Telvin Nash
OF Michael Lang
OF Dan Motl
The reigning American Association Champion Saints begin the 2020 season with the banner raising ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 at CHS Field against the Lincoln Saltdogs at 7:05 p.m.
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