By: Ethan Cushman
Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Luke Voit. A guy who was more highly thought of as a football player but after many concussions he decided it wasn't worth it to play football. A guy who was a throw in in a trade that was meant as a roster dump for the Yankees. A guy who was never a top prospect and was always back in forth from the majors and minors on the Cardinals. A guy who has been one of the most consistent hitters in a potent Yankee lineup this year. This is Luke Voits story.
Luke Voit out of high school was drafted with in the 32nd round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2009 draft. He did not sign and instead attended Missouri state. After a full 4 fours there in his senior year he was drafted St louis Cardinals in the 22nd round. Now this may not seem like much a senior player being drafted in late round. Well yes this may make you shrug your head Luke Voits scenario was different. He grew up in St. Louis and came from a poor background. The fact that he was drafted by his hometown team was something he could not turn down.
After around a 4 and a half year career in the minors Luke Voit was doing very good. So much so that despite not being seen as a very good prospect at all really Voit was called up to the majors on June 25th 2017. He'd spend for a while going back in fourth from the majors to the minors. That is until July 29th 2018 where everything changed.
On that day Voit was traded to the New York Yankees along with international bonus money in exchange for Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos. This was just at the time was seen as a roster dump. The Yankees needed to clear out roster spots due to the Britton and Happ trades. The yankees figured we have no use for Gallegos and Shreve was out of options which means we would either needed to trade him or DFA him. So you might as well trade him for some cash to sign some more international prospects and a right handed bat with some power potential. But Luke Voit would prove he may be more than that.
Immediately following the trade Luke Voit up with the yankees and the next day 1B Tyler Austin was traded for Lance Lynn. This shows that the Yankees likely thought more highly of Voit over Austin due to them trading for one and trading the other despite them being similar players. And Luke Voit would go on to reward them for that decision.
After Luke Voits initial call up he didn't look to impressive. But then after being sent down he was recalled once more and would make an immediate impact. With Bird struggling and Voit getting hot the yankees said that they would “temporarily” platoon the lefty Bird with the Righty Voit. Since then Voit has ripped Bird from the job and as a yankee is batting .324 with a .383 OBP as well as a .972 slugging percentage and 7 HR all in 74 at bats (these stats were made before the Yankees game with the Twins Tuesday September 11th). Luke Voits incredible run has put him on the map as a potential long term candidate to fill the 1B position something that has been a hole for a while.
Now many have compared him to Shane Spencer. In case you don’t know Spencer was a September call up on the 1998 future world champion Yankees that have gone down as one of the best teams ever. With 114 wins (most by a team that won a championship) that team was so loaded but Spencer forced himself into the starting lineup. How ever his carer fell down hill after that. I don’t see that in Voit however. His former college coach has said that he is not surprised by the success he is having in regular playing time and Voit isn't surprised either. “We always knew he could hit” his college coach Keith Guttman said. He has also raved about how much his family supported him. This shows that he had the right people in his corner who believed in him but most importantly, he believed in himself. As you can see from this article Voit has gone through so many challenges but he has persevered to get where he is today. It is that attitude that makes me believe that he will have a successful long career in the majors. Message from this article. No matter your circumstances if you have the right people in your life and you believe in yourself you can accomplish what you want to.