Now 26, Piscotty joined the St. Louis organization as a first-round pick in 2012 and flashed moments of brilliance during his short major league stint there. Between his debut in 2015 and the end of the ’16 campign, the right-handed hitter slashed a terrific .282/.348/.467 with 29 home runs and a 3.9 fWAR in 905 plate appearances. The auspicious start to Piscotty’s career was enough to convince the Cardinals to award him a six-year extension worth a guaranteed $33.5MM prior to last season.
Unfortunately for St. Louis, early returns on the newly extended Piscotty weren’t positive in 2017. While Piscotty managed to significantly increase his walk rate to 13 percent (up from around 8 percent from 2015-16), his offensive production took an overall dive as he batted a disappointing .235/.342/.367 with nine homers and a subpar .132 ISO (down 53 points from the previous two seasons).
MLBTR did not include a write-up of Munoz or Schrock, and they usually do eventually with minor league prospects. Anywho, Munoz hit nearly .300 in AAA last year and has played 2B/SS/3B/CF (think Eduardo Nunez potential), and was ranked 13th in the A's system. Schrock is a contact hitting lefty with average defense at 2B, but is a great directional hitter (think Joe Panik potential).
And big ups to the Cardinals, who sent Piscotty here because his mom is suffering from ALS and he wanted to be closer to her.