Astros select former KHS standout Mote<BR>

Trevor Mote not only made an impression in the Big 12 Conference in his only season at Baylor University, he caught the eye of another instate baseball team.

The former Kingman High School three-sport standout, who recently ended his stellar colligate career with the Bears, was selected by the Houston Astros Tuesday in 15th round of the amateur baseball draft.

"I'm pretty excited," Mote said via telephone from Phoenix.

"The 15th round is respectable.

They'll fly out here and we'll see what type of contract they'll offer."

Mote listened to the draft on the Internet and wasn't surprised that Houston was the one.

"After I heard my name a scout called me," Mote said.

"I've talked to them all year.

They showed interest early.

There were about five teams that had a good chance of taking me."

Mote said if the contract is right he could be shipped off immediately to possibly a Class A Houston farm team.

Until then, he's visiting with parents Ernie and Amy Mote and friends in Kingman.

The draft isn't new territory to Mote, who was an all-state selection in baseball and football as well as excelling in basketball at KHS.

Mote was drafted as a senior by the Minnesota Twins, but chose instead to take his baseball talents to Yavapai Community College in Prescott.

His instincts were right.

He excelled at Yavapai and helped the team to a pair of Arizona community college conference championships.

He was named to the first team all-conference, first team all-region and was named Arizona junior college player of the year.

He hit .481 with 17 home runs and 77 RBI during his stay.

"Yavapai was probably the best decision I've made," Mote said.

"It gave me a chance to play every day and a chance to refine my skills and play the game."

Mote was drafted again, this time by the Kansas City Royals, after his freshman season.

And again, he turned down the contract offer and stayed in school.

"Minor league ball is not what people think," Mote said.

"I have no regrets."

Mote also doesn't have any regrets about the detour he took en route to Baylor.

He played a year for the University of Arizona, and although he posted good numbers with a .300 average and 100 RBI, he wasn't happy.

When Baylor showed interest, he headed east and never looked back.

A second baseman, Mote who earned honorable mention in the Big 12.

He concluded his college career last week when the Bears bowed out of the regional tournament after losing to Rice, 5-4, in the double-elimination affair.

Mote, who tallied three hits, including a home run in the Bears' tournament-opening win over Houston, 7-1, was named to the all-tournament team.

He would have loved the chance to bump Rice and continue the trek to the College World Series, but he's not complaining.

"We were in the top 20 all year in the polls and we were just as good as anyone else," Mote said.

If it doesn't work out with Houston, Mote will keep his hand in baseball.

He's been offered a coaching job as an assistant for the Yavapai baseball team and will complete his degree in education through Northern Arizona University.