Voit has been taking reps at the corner-outfield spots throughout the offseason, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Voit has been training locally at Maryville University and indicated that he's been gaining experience with reading balls off the bat and perfecting his routes while tracking flyballs. Though Voit said he doesn't envision a permanent position change from first base, he acknowledged that having familiarity with the corner outfield -- in addition to his ability to play catcher on an emergency basis -- could help his case for earning an Opening Day roster spot with St. Louis. The 26-year-old, who posted a .736 OPS across 124 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2017, is expected to enter spring training second on the depth chart at first base behind Jose Martinez.
Voit blasted a solo home run in a pinch-hit at-bat during Monday's 10-2 loss to the Cubs.
The rookie hasn't drawn a start since Aug. 30, and his seventh-inning solo blast was his first round tripper since July 9. The 25-year-old has acquitted himself decently in his first regular-season exposure to big-league arms, slashing .250/.308/.444 with four homers and 18 RBI over 117 plate appearances, although his 25.6 percent strikeout rate leaves plenty of room for improvement. Voit will look to make an impression in spring training next year and build on the experience he gained this season.
Voit will head to the bench after going 0-for-4 with a trio of strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers. He's started both games at first base since Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) landed on the disabled list -- with Matt Carpenter sliding over to third base -- so he'll likely continue to see starts until Gyorko returns. Jose Martinez, who is starting over him Thursday, could also see some starts at first base.
Voit went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and four RBI against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Interestingly enough, Voit drove in half those runs with a single out; with the bases loaded in the third inning, he hit into a fielder's choice that plated two runs thanks to Dexter Fowler's brilliant baserunning. This was Voit's first start since being recalled from Triple-A, and if Matt Carpenter keeps sliding over to third base in Jedd Gyorko's (hamstring) absence, the 26-year-old rookie could draw a decent number of additional starts at first base. That could result in some late-season fantasy value, as Voit has mashed at Triple-A this year.
Voit was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
The Cardinals will bring back Voit from the Triple-A club to offer some extra depth in the corner infield following Jedd Gyorko's (hamstring) placement on the disabled list in a corresponding move. With Matt Carpenter on track to assume an everyday role at first base and outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Jose Martinez also capable of playing the position when needed, it's unlikely that Voit will see steady at-bats in his latest stint with the Cardinals.
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