St. Louis Cardinals Best/Worst Case 2016: Stephen Piscotty
My Prediction: A very solid campaign for the new Cardinal mainstay in right field
I think Piscotty is going to have a very, very good season in 2016. I don’t think he is going to put up MVP-worthy numbers or anything like that. I just think that he is going to be an extremely reliable bat in the St. Louis lineup, and I think that he can open a few eyes with his defensive ability.
Really, I’d be surprised if Piscotty eclipsed the 20 home run mark. I don’t think Piscotty needs to jack home runs to be a productive bat for the Cardinals.
I like Piscotty to finish in the 15-20 home run range, and I think he’s good for 90 RBI and 90 runs scored.
I’d expect a batting average of at least .290, with the .300 mark as a real possibility.
Double-digit steals seems totally justifiable, although I don’t see Piscotty going out and stealing 30 bags or anything like that.
In short, Piscotty isn’t going to wow with any of his statistical figures. He’s just going to be another solid Cardinal bat, much like his buddies Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday.
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I like Piscotty as an offensive upgrade to Heyward in right, and while there’s no way to expect the defensive performance that Heyward would bring, I still think Piscotty will open some eyes with very solid defense in 2016.