Top Cardinals Prospect Set for MLB Debut on Wednesday

Larry Rupp
St. Louis Cardinals' prospect Juan Yepez is set to make his MLB debut on Wednesday.
St. Louis Cardinals' prospect Juan Yepez is set to make his MLB debut on Wednesday. / Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals fans have a lot to be excited about regarding the team's Wednesday afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals. Not only are the Cardinals going for a series win, but top prospect Juan Yepez is set to make his MLB debut in right field and slated to hit fifth in the starting lineup.

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Yepez was originally called up from Triple-A on Tuesday and the coaching staff has wasted no time giving him some playing time. While the 24-year-old got a taste of the majors last postseason when he was on the Cardinals' National League Wild Card game roster, he did not appear in the game.

St. Louis is in need of an offensive spark and Yepez has the power to be that kind of player. He posted an impressive .972 OPS to go along with 31 home runs and 89 RBI in 114 games played with the Memphis Redbirds. The organization's No. 6 prospect has also smacked 9 home runs in 2022 alone.

Keep in mind this may not be a short MLB stint for Yepez, either. Starting outfielder Dylan Carlson has struggled to get anything going at the plate this season and owns an underwhelming .245 on-base percentage. A good first impression could allow Yepez to earn a substantial role moving forward.

St. Louis will send Adam Wainwright to the mound on Wednesday opposite of Kansas City starter Kris Bubic. The Cardinals are currently -142 favorites on the moneyline, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The run total is set at 7.5, with -112 odds on the over and -108 odds on the under.

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