Voit Makes Major League Debut With St. Louis
Eierman Earns Invite to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Former Missouri State baseball standout Luke Voit became the 19th Bear to reach to the big leagues Sunday when the St. Louis Cardinals promoted the first baseman to their 25-man Major League roster. Voit made his Cardinals debut Sunday evening with a seventh-inning pinch-hit appearance, reaching base after being hit by a pitch in St. Louis’s 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh.
The Wildwood, Mo., native was selected by his hometown Cardinals in the 22nd round (665th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft after completing a standout four-year collegiate career, primarily as a catcher with the Bears. A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree, Voit was named to Johnny Bench Award watch list in each of his last two seasons with Missouri State and was on the receiving end of all 13 of the Bears’ shutouts in 2012-13, helping MSU lead the nation in that category in 2012. He also guided the Bears pitching staff to a Division I-best 2.57 team ERA in 2012.
Voit currently ranks 17th on the Bears' career hits list with 226 and 10th on the school's all-time doubles chart with 48. Additionally, he drove in the game-winning run 18 times over his MSU career to rank fourth on the Bears’ career list. He also ranks among the Bears' all-time leaders in sacrifice flies, defensive putouts and fielding chances. A model of consistency and durability, Voit played in 140 consecutive games over parts of his final three seasons to close his MSU career.
Prior to his call up from Class AAA Memphis, Voit led the Redbirds with 24 multi-hit games while batting .322 and slugging .561 with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 70 games this spring. In five pro seasons, he's hitting .285 with 53 home runs and 266 RBI, highlighted by 2016 with Class AA Springfield where he hit 19 homers with 74 RBI to earn Texas League All-Star honors.
Voit also became the second player off the Bears’ 2012 NCAA Regional-qualifying squad to receive a Major League promotion in the last six weeks after Pierce Johnson made his big league debut with the Chicago Cubs on May 19. The 26-year-old Voit is the 17th MSU player overall to reach the majors under current head coach Keith Guttin.
As for Missouri State shortstop Jeremy Eierman, he earned an invitation to compete for a roster spot on the nation's premier summer collegiate team, as the sophomore has been tabbed to take part in the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team's training camp, which will be held this week in Cary, N.C.
Eierman becomes the eighth Bear to be selected to compete with Team USA during head coach Keith Guttin's tenure and the third MSU position player to garner an invitation in the last four seasons after both Tate Matheny (2014) and Jake Burger (2016) earned Collegiate National Team roster spots.
Eierman was a first-team All-America choice of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game USA after logging a breakthrough spring for the Bears, both at the plate and in the middle of the MSU infield as one of the Missouri Valley Conference's top defenders. He became the third Bear in the last six seasons to be named the NCBWA's District VI most outstanding player and was a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award honoring the nation's top shortstop, as well as a semifinalist for the NCBWA's Dick Howser Trophy.
The Warsaw, Mo., product shares the No. 5 spot nationally with 23 home runs after turning in an NCAA postseason to remember, helping the Bears to their third Division I Regional crown by hitting a pair of home runs in Missouri State's opening-round victory over Oklahoma State, as well as a tie-breaking two-run shot in the deciding game against Arkansas. Eierman homered for a fourth time in NCAA play in the Bears' opening game against TCU at the Fort Worth Super Regional as well and hit .333 in MSU's six postseason games.
Eierman is one of 20 USA Baseball training camp players joining 14 previously identified athletes in a five-game series with teams in the Coastal Plain League and the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League this week before the 24-man roster was announced on Monday. The Collegiate National Team is made up of non-draft eligible athletes currently playing baseball at the collegiate level. USA Baseball will also name a 28-man roster to compete in a series against Chinese Taipei before its final 24-man roster will compete in international friendship series against Cuba and Japan.