Stephen Piscotty ranked #90 in MLB.com Top 100 Prospects
When Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis ranked the top 100 prospects for MLB.com, only outfielder Stephen Piscotty represented the St. Louis Cardinals in the rankings. The Stanford alumnus was ranked #90 by MLB Pipeline.
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There were a few Cardinals prospects just on the outside looking in, Callis and Mayo tell Redbird Rants.
“There were actually a couple who I think would be considered ‘close,'” Mayo says.
Mayo continues, “Marco Gonzales and Alex Reyes are the first two that come to mind.
“I think you could include Rob Kaminsky in the group of guys who were close.”
I’m not surprised that Gonzales and Reyes are close to the top 100. When they update their list later this year as players graduate from being prospects, I would not be surprised to see Reyes and Kaminsky included. I expect that Gonzales will graduate by the next update.
What they say about Piscotty:
"Piscotty rarely swings and misses, controlling the strike zone and exhibiting fine plate coverage while hitting line drives from gap to gap. He has the size and strength to hit perhaps 25 homers per year if he focuses on power, but his approach favors hard contact and might yield closer to half that amount. He fits more in the No. 2 slot than in the middle of a big league lineup."
Redbird Rants spoke to a few members of the Cardinals front office in November in a profile on Piscotty.
Just as with Baseball America and Keith Law, MLB.com has their own criteria on what determines prospect eligibility.
"To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service."
In 2014, Piscotty was joined by Kolten Wong and the late Oscar Taveras. Prior to the 2013 season, there were six Cardinals prospects that were ranked in the top 100.