Cards prospect interview: Stephen Piscotty

Another member of the St. Louis Cardinals 2012 draft class is making noise – at high-A Palm Beach.

After a winning April at 13-12, the Palm Beach Cardinals hit a wall in May. Their 7-17 mark this month is not due to right-fielder Stephen Piscotty, however. St. Louis' supplemental first round draft pick from 2012, taken 36th overall, has been the most consistent offensive threat for the A-Advanced Cardinals this season.

Though power was called out as one of the 21-year-old's potential weaknesses, Piscotty quieted those concerns in his first full season as a professional. He leads the A-Advanced Cards in home runs with seven, slugging at .494 and OPS at .854.

The rest of his game is not suffering, either. The right-handed hitter's .295 batting average is second on the club. Piscotty's 20 runs scored and 20 RBI are both third on the team. He has an impressive 16 strikeouts against 14 walks and has yet to commit an error in his first year in right field.

His only obvious weakness to date is results against left-handed pitching. Versus lefties this season, Piscotty is 11-for-49, nine of which are singles. His line in those situations is .224/.296/.306/.602.

In the following exclusive audio interview, Piscotty discusses his last 12 months, which have taken him from the campus of Stanford University to the Florida State League.


Eariler, I interviewed Piscotty's manager Johnny Rodriguez.

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