Cardinals Call Up Exciting Outfield Prospect Lars Nootbaar
By Larry Rupp
The St. Louis Cardinals' lineup seems to be in the need of a spark, as the team has scored more than 4 runs just once in its last 10 games.
That spark may just be exciting outfield prospect Lars Nootbar as he was recently called up and is set to be active for the Cardinals' Tuesday night game.
Cardinals News: Lars Nootbar Called Up to MLB
Nootbar was an eighth-round pick by St. Louis in the 2018 MLB Draft and has been gaining some traction within the organization thanks to his production at the plate in the minor leagues. Due to Nootbar's experience of playing all three OF spots, it seemed like only a matter of time before he joined the big league squad.
The 23-year-old slugger is hitting .329/.430/.557 this year to go along with 17 runs scored, 5 home runs and 17 RBI in just 93 plate appearances for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He has also posted a solid 14% walk rate and could see a lot of playing time given the Cardinals' sudden lack of depth in right field.
Making this move allows the Cardinals to keep leadoff hitter Tommy Edman at his original position of second base. Pitcher Bernardo Flores was designated for assignment and outfielder Lane Thomas was optioned to Memphis to make room for Nootbar on the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster.
The Cardinals currently have odds set at +500 to win the NL Central division and odds set at +4000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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