Former Snapper makes major-league roster for first time

Yairo Munoz rounds the bases after hitting a 3-run homer for the Beloit Snappers in a 2015 game at Pohlman Field. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Former Beloit Snappers shortstop Yairo Munoz was informed Friday he made the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day roster, which means his first major-league game with the team will be his MLB debut. The versatile 23-year-old is expected to be used as a utility player.

The Dominican Republic native played the past six seasons in the Oakland Athletics organization before the Cardinals acquired him in the Stephen Piscotty trade in December. Munoz played for the Snappers in 2015, batting .236 with 9 HR, 48 RBI and 10 SB in 97 games. He split last season between Double-A and Triple-A, cumulatively batting .300 with 13 HR, 68 RBI and 22 SB in 112 games.

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