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Looking back at Voit's astounding August 2016

Yankees slugger showed flashes during Texas League summer
A 22nd-round pick of the Cardinals in 2013, Luke Voit batted .366/.400/.591 in the Texas League in August 2016. (Shane Roper/MiLB.com)
@katiejwoo
August 20, 2020

Yankees fans have gotten used to the power and production Luke Voit provides in the Bronx. But fans of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals got an early look at Voit's talents toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

Yankees fans have gotten used to the power and production Luke Voit provides in the Bronx. But fans of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals got an early look at Voit's talents toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

Back when he was a member of the Cardinals organization, Voit made his Texas League debut with Springfield to open the 2016 season. He didn't disappoint, mashing 20 homers and legging out 20 doubles while putting up a .297/.372/.477 slash line in 134 games. August was his most prolific month as the Missouri State product powered Springfield through a playoff push and all the way to the Texas League semifinals.

The then-25-year-old batted .366 with a whopping 1.032 OPS in 26 games. He totaled 12 extra-base hits -- four homers, a triple and seven doubles -- while driving in 20 runs, marking the second straight month in which he recorded at least 15 RBIs.

Eleven of those 26 games were multi-hit efforts for Voit, whose .400 on-base percentage and .591 slugging percentage were high-water marks for the season. He was named Texas League Player of the Month and earned a spot on the circuit's postseason All-Star team.

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Voit made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in late-June 2017 and played in 26 games for St. Louis. He was traded to New York on July 29, 2018 for pitchers Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve and instantly became a fan favorite at Yankee Stadium by smacking 14 homers and driving in 33 runs in only 39 games.

The former 22nd-round Draft pick saw regular playing time last season and clubbed 21 homers and 21 doubles in 118 games, drawing a team-high 71 walks and reaching base at a .378 clip.

Katie Woo is an editorial producer for Minor League Baseball. Follow her on twitter at @katiejwoo.