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Cardinals Add Exciting Young Slugger As Club Looks To Finally Get Back On Track

St. Louis made an exciting move by adding a red-hot slugger to the mix

The St. Louis Cardinals have some more offensive firepower at their disposal.

St. Louis officially called up young slugger Luken Baker to the big league club Monday afternoon and designated outfielder Óscar Mercado for assignment to make room on the roster, according to the club. 

Baker made his big league debut with the Cardinals earlier this season but appeared in just four games. His last game was on June 13 and he then was sent back down to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. In four games, Baker slashed .286/.286/.286 with four hits in 14 at-bats. 

The 26-year-old currently is the Cardinals' 30th overall prospect and has shown some serious pop at the minor level. Baker clubbed 21 home runs in 2022 across 124 games and has taken a step forward this season crushing a career-high 22 home runs in just 64 games. If Baker can bring some of his offensive firepower to the Cardinals' lineup, he only could help.

St. Louis currently is in last place in the National League Central at 35-48 but has started to show some signs of life as of late. The Cardinals enter their Monday night contest against the Miami Marlins after taking two out of three games against the New York Yankees. Baker provides a bench bat for the Cardinals who could also fill in as needed at first base or designated hitter. 

Hopefully, Baker and the Cardinals can impress and start to make up some ground in the NL Central before the trade deadline.

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