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Cardinals option Voit; keep Piscotty

After promoting outfielder Stephen Piscotty for Sunday’s Little League Classic as their 26th man, the Cardinals have elected to keep him on the roster and have optioned first baseman Luke Voit to Memphis to return the roster to 25.

What happened

The Cardinals and Pirates were allowed a 26th man for Sunday’s Little League Classic. The Cardinals are making a roster move to keep Piscotty with the club, which meant removing someone else to trim the active roster back to 25.

What it means

Voit, who was hitting .322/.406/.561 with 12 home runs in 70 games with Memphis this season, was called up on June 25th. He hit .316/.366/.684 from his callup until the All Star Break while starting 9 of the team’s 15 games. With the return of Kolten Wong after the break, Voit’s playing time started to diminish, making just 5 starts in the next 16 games, hitting just .155.

However in August, Voit had rebounded a little bit at the plate. He has hit .304 in August, including .375 in the two games he started. But he’s started just 2 of 19 games to this point.

Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a walk in his return to the big league roster after being given the opportunity to start. The club obviously sees that, combined with his strong week in Memphis as an indication that he is ready to return.


The impact here is a little above average, so a 6/10. The biggest issue, as I pointed out yesterday, is the return of Piscotty into an already crowded and productive big league outfield.

Voit had been hitting and Gyorko had not been, so it’s pretty obvious that the team no longer sees Matt Carpenter as an option at third base as that would have been the most obvious way to find Voit additional playing time. But much like Matt Adams, there is no room for Voit in St. Louis as long as Carpenter is considered this team’s first baseman.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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