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Player Spotlight: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Luke Voit


What’s more laughable – the Cardinals giving up on a 27-year-old Luke Voit, who is 6’3, 225 lbs, when the team needed a power bat? Or the Yankees considering Greg Bird at first base over Luke Voit?

St. Louis gave Voit 70 games over two years to make an impression, and his .240/.307/.432 stash line apparently was not good enough. So in the heat of a playoff push, the team traded him to the New York Yankees for relief help, acquiring Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.

Who knows, maybe Voit would have been traded anyway, along with or in place of Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver, in the Paul Goldschmidt trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After a short stint in the Yankees minor league system, Voit was brought up to the Bronx on August 2nd, 2018 and has arguably been the best player on the Yankees since.

Player Spotlight: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Luke Voit

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In 39 regular season games last year, Voit hit .333 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI, to go along with a .405 OBP.

Voit carried his hot bat into the AL Wild Card game, when he hit a 2-run triple off Blake Treinen, breaking the game open, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead.

There was a lot of debate about who would win the Yankees starting job at first base in 2019 as many thought what Voit did last year was a fluke.

Both Greg Bird and Luke Voit had very impressive Spring Training’s.

Despite the injuries and the struggles over the past few seasons, the team never gave up on Bird.

Over his last 140 games from 2017-19, Bird is hitting just .194 in over 450 at-bats.

Voit did indeed win the job, and Bird lasted just 10 games before getting hurt once again.

It’s now safe to say that Luke Voit is the Yankees first basemen of the future.

Yankees who have been or currently are on the IL:

Is that the Yankees injured list, or an All-Star team?

Honestly, how can any team survive losing that amount of quality players?

Well, Luke Voit is a big part of the Yankees early season success.

Voit is Adroit

Voit opened the season reaching base safely in the first 31 games. Actually dating back to last year he reached base in 42 straight games. This streak did come to an end on Saturday.

Over the first 33 games of the season, Luke is batting .260 with a .377 OBP and has hit nine home runs, while driving in 27 and scoring 23 runs.

One of the most impressive parts of his game is his discipline at the plate. Voit is drawing walks in 14.1% of his plate appearances. That’s up 3.5% from last season and nearly 10% from his rookie season in 2017.

There is no question that Voit’s game has matured since putting on the Pinstripes and he has been forced to step up into a leadership role with all the injuries on this team.

Most recently, the Yankees had a 9 game west coast road trip, which is never an easy thing for any team. They went an impressive 6-3, despite losing the final two games in Arizona. On the trip, Voit batted .389 (14-36), smashed five home runs and drove in 11 runs.

Voit was named the American League Player Of The Week.

With the team getting Sanchez, and Andujar back recently, and Frazier and Stanton returning shortly, Voit will get some support and protection in the lineup. You’d have to imagine Voit will see better pitches and find himself in more run-producing situations as this team should lead the league in runs scored when they are at full strength.

It is safe to say that 2018 was no fluke, and Voit is turning into a special player for the Bronx Bombers.

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