Stephen Piscotty
Stephen Piscotty
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Piscotty made several noteworthy improvements in 2017: He boosted his walk rate from 7.9 percent to 13.0 and swung at fewer pitches outside the strike zone (just 29.5 percent compared to 33.1 in 2016). Plate discipline advancement aside, the soon-to-be 27-year-old lost ground nearly everywhere else and even was sent to Triple-A Memphis to try rebuilding the swing that lifted 22 homers and an .800 OPS in 2016. Additionally, he lost time to head, knee, hamstring and groin injuries in 2017, which ultimately may have factored into his disappointing production throughout the season. The pedigreed bat has always profiled as a "sum of his parts" player at his peak, showing something less than elite power but the potential for steady contact and run production throughout his time as a professional prior to last season. Piscotty should step into a prominent role in Oakland's outfield after being traded from St. Louis in December. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April of 2017. Contract includes a $15 million option for the 2023 season.
Drives in four
OFOakland Athletics
September 20, 2018
Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI, and two runs scored Thursday against the Angels.
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Piscotty blasted his 26th home run of the season in the third inning against Matt Shoemaker and added an RBI single in the fourth inning to cap off a big day at the plate. Production has come in bunches of late for Piscotty, as he now has nine RBI across his last two games to go along with four homers in his past 10 games. He has posted a new career-best mark in home runs, and is currently tied to his previous best in RBI.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .841 431 58 16 42 3 .264 .367 .474
Since 2016vs Right .763 1189 138 40 163 9 .261 .326 .438
2018vs Left .786 182 23 7 18 1 .247 .330 .457
2018vs Right .827 389 47 18 63 1 .277 .324 .503
2017vs Left .723 79 7 1 5 0 .234 .380 .344
2017vs Right .704 322 33 8 34 3 .235 .332 .372
2016vs Left .952 170 28 8 19 2 .297 .400 .552
2016vs Right .748 478 58 14 66 5 .265 .323 .426
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+39%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .772 819 96 24 113 5 .265 .334 .439
Since 2016Away .802 805 102 33 96 7 .261 .342 .461
2018Home .808 300 36 10 50 1 .268 .327 .482
2018Away .841 275 36 16 35 1 .271 .331 .510
2017Home .592 198 19 1 14 2 .208 .318 .274
2017Away .821 203 21 8 25 1 .260 .365 .457
2016Home .843 321 41 13 49 2 .295 .350 .493
2016Away .757 327 45 9 36 5 .252 .336 .421
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How does Stephen Piscotty compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
6.5%
 
K Rate
18.5%
 
BABIP
.291
 
ISO
.225
 
AVG
.268
 
OBP
.329
 
SLG
.493
 
OPS
.823
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Piscotty got off to a blazing start in his first full season as an everyday starter and was hitting .295/.370/.480 heading into the All-Star break. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to maintain that impressive line, as it dropped to .247/.310/.430 in the second half of the season. His dip in performance lined up with a decrease in contact, as he posted a 17.4 percent strikeout rate in the first half followed by a 24.3 percent second half clip. If he fails to make the necessary adjustments, Piscotty's batting average may not be as stable as one would expect, given his scouting report from his days as a prospect. Fortunately, he showed he can bring noteworthy power regardless, as he hit 11 home runs in each half of the 2016 season. His season line from 2016 probably paints a pretty accurate picture of his skill set: an above average hitter with enough power to be an asset in home runs and RBI and enough on-base skills to be an asset in runs.
With Matt Adams injured and ineffective, Piscotty earned 63 games in the Cardinals lineup in the second half and established himself as one of the club’s keys of the future. Piscotty needed just 256 plate appearances to mash 26 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. He finished with a .305/.359/.494 batting line while playing all three outfield positions as well as first base. Piscotty showed similar power in the minors, where he was a doubles machine with a fair share of home runs sprinkled in. At just 25, there’s a chance Piscotty continues to bulk up and turns some of those doubles into home runs. Even if the power stays where it’s at right now, Piscotty’s gap power is enough to keep his batting average high and give him plenty of chances to compile runs and RBI in a deep (as always) Cardinals lineup.
Despite putting up solid numbers at Triple-A Memphis, the 23-year-old Piscotty failed to receive a September callup. It's entirely possible that given the Cardinals' wealth of young outfielders, and Piscotty's fairly large minor league workload (500 AB's in 2014), the Cardinals simply decided to give Piscotty some rest. Piscotty will turn 24 in January as he heads into his fourth year of professional baseball after being drafted out of Stanford University. His numbers don't jump off the page other than being very solid across the stat sheet -- he's hit .292/.359/.435 with 28 home runs and 25 stolen bases while posting a 132 to 95 K:BB ratio in 1,137 minor league at-bats. He's been succesful at every level and has the prototypical build for a corner outfielder or infielder. All that being said, he likely won't find his way into an MLB lineup on a consistent basis in 2015 without some help from injuries or a trade.
Piscotty had an excellent season between High-A and Double-A in his transition from third base to the outfield hitting .295/.355/.464. He kept it going during the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .371/.430/.506 and stole seven bases in nine attempts. Unfortunately for Piscotty, the Cardinals' outfield is very crowded and there likely won't be a spot for him until Matt Holliday retires or finds a new team which could be another few seasons. Piscotty still has some work to do in at the Triple-A level, and it's possible that he'll return to Springfield before a promotion to Memphis given that he only played 49 games at Double-A after his promotion last season.
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Drives in five
OFOakland Athletics
September 20, 2018
Piscotty went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, five RBI, two runs scored and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Angels.
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Homers in losing effort
OFOakland Athletics
September 13, 2018
Piscotty went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Orioles.
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Extends streak with three-hit night
OFOakland Athletics
September 12, 2018
Piscotty went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a double in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
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Knocks 23rd homer
OFOakland Athletics
September 9, 2018
Piscotty went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Rangers.
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Another two RBI in win
OFOakland Athletics
September 6, 2018
Piscotty went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
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