2012 MLB Draft Profile: Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford University

Summary

Stephen Piscotty is a highly productive hitter that makes solid contact with the ball to all fields and has shown the ability to hit for a little bit of power. Piscotty is a solid defender with an accurate arm who has mainly played third, but could get transitioned to a corner outfield position or eventually become a super utility.

Piscotty won the Cape League batting title this past year hitting .349 over 29 games and was rated as the No.12 prospect in the Cape League. At Stanford, Piscotty was a three year starter who earned an "Honorable mention All-Pac-10" in 2010, "First Team All-Pac-10" in 2011, and "First Team All-Pac-12" in 2012. In 2012, Piscotty hit .319 and even went 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA as a starter for Stanford.

Floor

Stephen Piscotty is versatile enough where he could play 3B, 1B, LF, and RF which could make him a super utility in the mold of a Ty Wigginton or a Mark DeRosa that flashes a little bit of pop from time to time. His floor could be similar to the role that Matt Downs is providing for the Astros this season.

Ceiling

Piscotty could project to be an All-Star caliber 3B that should hit for solid power, and hit for AVG. He has the tools and athleticism to play multiple positions, but has the upside to be above average at the hot corner with an above average arm. He has the upside and versatility to be comparable to a Ben Zorbrist or Chase Headley.

Where is he projected to go right now?

Stephen Piscotty is likely to go in the middle to late first round of the draft so it's highly unlikely that the Astros select him with pick 1, 41, or 61.

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What Scouts say about him...

Baseball America:

For the teams that value track record, Piscotty has been a consistent performer. He's hit well all three years at Stanford, hit well in the Alaska League after his freshman year and led the Cape Cod League in batting last year. Piscotty has a strong frame at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He has a solid, line-drive approach at the plate and projects as more of a doubles hitter than a home run threat. Piscotty's bat profiles better at third base than it does in a corner outfield spot. But if he has to move there as a pro-which is likely, since he moved to the outfield midway through the season at Stanford to make room at third for freshman Alex Blandino-then it's a tougher profile as a right-handed hitter with limited power potential. Piscotty has a strong arm and is a fringe-average runner and scouts like his makeup and work ethic.

Jonathan Mayo:

Already on radars following a sophomore season that saw him hit .364, Piscotty certainly helped his status with a strong Cape League season, where he won the batting title with his .349 average.

Piscotty has an easy swing with good bat speed, making consistent hard contact and hitting to all fields. He's shown raw power to all fields as well and with some added strength there could be more there. An average runner, Piscotty is a good defender at third, with an accurate arm, good hands and decent range. He also can play the outfield, giving him a little flexibility.

He hasn't shown much in-game home run power to date, but a team that thinks it will come with maturity will jump at the chance to add his bat and excellent baseball instincts to its system.

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