Stephen Piscotty had a Monster 2015 Half-Season, Can He Keep It Up in 2016?
Stephen Piscotty had a fantastic MLB debut in 2015, bursting onto the scene for the Cardinals by giving all-out effort every day he took the field. It also helped that he produced consistently at the plate and became a staple in the Cardinals’ order. By the end of the year, Piscotty was the star slugger who Mike Matheny relied upon to deliver clutch hits in critical games.
In 2015, Piscotty only played in 63 games after being called up from AAA on July 21. Piscotty would never look back, posting a .305 batting average with 15 doubles, 7 home runs, and 39 RBIs. He had more hits (71) than strikeouts (56), which says a lot about his plate discipline and ability to get on base. He also added 3 home runs in the dreaded postseason series vs. the Cubs, putting together a clutch start to his October resume.
It will be interesting to see how Piscotty fares in his first full major league season in St. Louis, but there are no signs so far of any drop off. The 25 year-old outfielder has another big league camp in front of him to hone his craft, and just finished an offseason where he was able to regain his health. As you can see here, it looks like Piscotty has already hit the ground running in Florida.
#stlcards Intrasquad stars: Randal Grichuk, 2 HRs; Stephen Piscotty, HR and diving catch.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) February 29, 2016
The duo of Piscotty and Randal Grichuk could potentially be lethal for opposing pitchers if they both live up to even some of the hype that they have received. There will be challenges for Piscotty, as he has yet to face the full 162-game MLB grind and most pitchers have now had the chance to adjust to him and study his tendencies more over the offseason. Ok, enough of the chit chat, here’s how I see Piscotty’s numbers shaping up in 2016:
Stephen Piscotty Projections
BA./OBP./SLG. : .289/.365/.530
Overall, I believe that Piscotty is in line for another very successful season in a Cardinals uniform. While I don’t think he’ll be able to replicate the amazing tear he went on in the second half of 2015, I believe that his numbers will still validate him as one of the premier young outfielders in the game. It’s really difficult to project Piscotty right now with less than a year of major league experience under his belt, but I did the best I could using his numbers from last season. Nevertheless, St. Louis Cardinals fans should be expecting big things from Piscotty in 2016.