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Former Stanford standout Piscotty set to join MLB's Cardinals

 

Stanford product Stephen Piscotty, the No. 1 minor league prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, reportedly is being called up to the parent team. He was hitting .272 with 11 homers in 87 games for Triple-A Memphis.

Piscotty has a degree in atmosphere and energy engineering from Stanford University. He would be head coach Mark Marquess' 59th Major Leaguer, of which 50 have finished their degree.

Piscotty, an outfielder, has been working out at first base, which reportedly has allowed the outfield-heavy Cardinals to promote the former Stanford standout. He is expected to join the team before the start of Tuesday's series against the Chicago White Sox -- according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

Piscotty, 24, will have to be added onto both the 25- and 40-man rosters, both of which are currently full. As a result, the Cards don't expect to announce any of those rosters moves until Tuesday, said Langosch.

While the Cardinals could use Piscotty in a DH role during their two-game Interleague series in Chicago, Piscotty's arrival apparently is based upon the team's lack of production at first base.

Piscotty reportedly made his first appearance at that position on July 10. He's been at first base in another five games since. Piscotty, though drafted as a third baseman, played exclusively in the outfield in 2013-14.

Piscotty has hit safely in 35 of his past 45 games (54-for-176) and ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 28 doubles. Piscotty has 41 RBI along with a .272/.366/.475 slash line this season.

Piscotty will advance to the Majors a little more than three years after being taken by the Cards with the 36th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Piscotty is currently ranked as MLB's No. 71 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

He spent all of 2014 with Triple-A Memphis, batting .288 with nine homers and a .761 OPS in 136 games.

— MLB.com/Stanford Athletics

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