Thursday, September 6, 2018

Off Day Meet a Prospect: Luke Voit

The New York Yankees have gotten some youth and excitement out of the first base position here in 2018, finally, with the addition of Luke Voit from the St. Louis Cardinals. Could Voit be the one that finally unseats a healthy Greg Bird out of the position? Let’s meet the man that just may do that. This is Meet a Prospect: The Luke Voit Edition.

Louis Linwood Voit was born on February 13, 1991 in Missouri where he attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri. While at the school he caught the eye of the Kansas City Royals who drafted him in the 32nd round of the 2009 MLB First Year Players Draft, but instead Voit did not sign and attended Missouri State University. While at the school Voit played college baseball for the Missouri State Bears and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals after his senior season in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Voit was drafted as a catcher and played the position within the Cardinals minor league system until the 2014 season when he was moved to first base. Voit continued to learn the first base position until the time when the Cardinals would need him at the position at the Major League level.

That time came on June 25, 2017 when the Cardinals brought Voit up from Triple-A to play first base inside Bush Stadium. Voit compiled 114 at-bats for the Cardinals that season while batting .246 with four home runs, 18 RBI and a .736 OPS. In 2018 the Cardinals had Voit back down in Triple-A before trading him to the New York Yankees, along with international bonus pool money, for LHP Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.

Welcome to the organization and welcome to the family!

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