Socastee’s Thompson sent to Rays for CCU’s Motter

dylanthompsonmugFormer Socastee High baseball standout Dylan Thompson’s professional career has taken him from coast to coast to coast, thanks in part to a trade for a former Coastal Carolina product.

Thompson, a former fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, got a return ticket to the East Coast on Friday in a four-player deal that also sent former CCU utilityman Taylor Motter out West.

Motter, who made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in May, was traded to the Mariners along with fellow infielder/outfielder Richie Schaffer. The Rays received Thompson and two fellow minor-leaguers – first baseman Dalton Kelly and fellow right-hander Andrew Kittredge.

Thompson, who most recently played for the Mariners’ Arizona League affiliate in Everett, Washington, is expected to play m,uch closer to home next season for the Rays’ Gulf Coast League team. Motter will compete for a spot on the Mariners’ major-league roster in spring training.

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