St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Spring Training Profile: Stephen Piscotty
Stephen Piscotty was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2012 draft. The 21-year-old was drafted out of Stanford as a third baseman but was quickly moved to right field. He will be a player to keep an eye on in the early months before he’s called up to the majors.
Piscotty is someone you classify as a “pure hitter.” He can hit the ball to any spot of the field and has a knack to hit the ball into the gaps. In his first season, Piscotty hit a .295 average and .448 slugging percentage, but he committed 22 errors in 36 games at third base. They moved him to the outfield before the 2013 season, and it proved to be a smart decision.
Between Class A-Advanced and Class AA, Piscotty hit .295 average, .819 OPS with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs in 112 games. On a better note, he only committed two errors in 108 games playing in right field.
Piscotty is known for his great batting average and getting on base. There are questions about his power, but it’s a work in progress. He can provide good production in all stats across the board. He’s a smart fielder who is always looking to improve and learn the tips and tricks while playing in the outfield.
The Cardinals are the team to beat in the NL Central and it’s not even close. With a farm system like the one the Cardinals have, they will continue to be at the top for years to come. The team has a great selection of pitchers, corner infielders and outfielders. Piscotty has a great chance to being called up when the rosters expand in September if not earlier.
Piscotty is the second player in line to be called up after Oscar Taveras. He has a smooth swing and a strong arm, and he’s definitely someone to watch throughout Spring Training.