St. Louis Cardinals prospect Stephen Piscotty had the most to gain from the 2013 edition of the Arizona Fall League. The third baseman turned outfielder finished the six week season with some excellent numbers.
Piscotty was one of seven Cardinal minor league players playing for the Salt River Rafters, which just happened to be managed by Springfield Cardinals manager Mike Schildt. The Rafters finished the season on a winning streak but was a half game behind Mesa, which played in the AFL Championship game.
Piscotty, a 2012 draft pick, goes into the offseason as the Cardinals #7 prospect and that number is sure to rise following his showing. Piscotty finished the AFL season with a 12-game hitting streak. His .371 average over 23 games was fourth in the league. He was in the top 8 players for runs (20), RBIs (18), stolen bases (7) and OPS (.936).
There’s no doubt that his name will be on the radar for an invite to the big league camp at Spring Training.
Other minor leaguers:
Sam Gaviglio: 3-0 over 6 starts, 11 ER, 25 hits, 8 walks, 21 K.
Anthony Ferrara: 8 relief appearances, 7 1/3 innings, 4 ER, 4 hits, 7 walks, 8 K
Dean Kiekhefer: 9 relief appearances, 9 2/3 innings. 5 runs (4 ER), 11 hits, 3 walks, 6 K
Lee Stoppelman: 9 1/3 innings of relief, 12 K, 3 ER, 4 hits, 9 walks, .143 opposing batting average
James Ramsey: 11 games, .246 avg, .384 OBP
Jacob Wilson: 13 games, .305 avg, 13 RBI