The St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of roster moves today, prior to their Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk and right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers and purchased the contract of rookie first baseman Luke Voit from Memphis (AAA). The team also announced that centerfielder Dexter Fowler (right heel spur) and left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine sprain) have been placed on the 10-day disabled list (Siegrist is retroactive to June 23), and that outfielder Chad Huffman has been optioned to Memphis.
Voit, 26, drafted by the Cardinals in the 22nd round (665th player overall) in 2013 out of Missouri State University, is a St. Louis area native who graduated from Lafayette High School – the same local high school that produced Major Leaguers David Freese and Ryan Howard.
The right-handed hitting Voit has enjoyed an All-Star caliber season in his first year at Memphis, ranking among PCL leaders in batting (.322-10th), hits (82-10th), RBI (48-10th), doubles (23-T1st), on-base pct. (.406-4th), slugging (.561-9th) and OPS (.967-4th). Voit led the Texas League (AA) in batting (.297) last season while playing for Springfield and he tied the Palm Beach Cardinals single-season RBI record (77) in 2015.
The 6-3, 225-pound Voit was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month in April when he batted .360 and swatted five of his 12 home runs on the season. He is batting .327 vs. right-handed pitching this season and .304 vs. lefties and has provided a .333 (23-for-69) mark with 32 RBI while batting with runners in scoring position.
Voit, who will be making his Major League debut, has been assigned uniform no. 40. Mayers wears no. 59 and Grichuk wears no. 15.
One question about Luke Voit is where would you move Voit?….
“So that would be something that I think we would consider, but we don’t know exactly where. We are expecting Kolten Wong to rejoin the club possibly as early as next weekend, thus the way I think Voit is–in the short term, to a) give Matt Carpenter a day from time and b) also just to see how he reacts to Major League pitching………… “Clearly, when you look at his career path, he’s always been one of those types of hitters, that everywhere he’s been he ends up having success. So we felt like he deserved a right to come up here and see what he could do.” replied Mozeliak.
Welcome to the Big Leagues Luke!
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