The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to begin a four-game series against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. The Pirates are 1-5 in six games against the Cardinals so far in 2022 and could use all the help they can get to make things closer.
Fortunately, help is potentially on the way in the form of one of Pittsburgh's top prospects: Canaan Smith-Njigba. The 23-year-old outfielder — who ranks No. 21 in the Pirates' system — has been called up ahead of the Cardinals series.
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A former fourth-round pick in 2017, fans have been anticipating Smith-Njigba's debut for quite some time now. There hasn't been any word yet as to whether or not he'll make his MLB debut on Monday, but it's clear that the Pittsburgh faithful won't have to wait too much longer.
Smith-Njigba has looked solid in his first full-time Triple-A season with the Indianapolis Indians. The Dallas, Texas, native has recorded 15 doubles, a home run and 19 RBIs in 52 games so far, going 8-of-11 on stolen-base attempts while slashing .277/.387/.408.
Assuming he plays on Monday, Smith-Njigba would be going up against Cardinals' left-handed starter Zack Thompson. That could be trouble for the rookie outfielder, who's batting .200 in 55 at-bats against southpaws this season.
Pirates vs Cardinals Odds (June 13)
The Pirates could use a big performance from Smith-Njigba if he plays against the Cardinals on Monday. FanDuel Sportsbook currently has Pittsburgh as the +154 underdog on the moneyline, whereas St. Louis is favored at -184.
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