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Cardinals calling up prospect Stephen Piscotty

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Cardinals outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty recently started playing some first base at Triple-A and now–after six total appearances at the position–he’s on his way to St. Louis as an alternative to Mark Reynolds. Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com reports that he’ll join the team in time for Tuesday’s game.

Piscotty was a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a consensus top-100 prospect last year and this year. He’s hit .272 with 11 homers and an .841 OPS in 87 games at Triple-A this season.

His recent numbers are even better, including a .306 batting average, nearly as many walks (25) as strikeouts (31), and a .902 OPS in the past 50 games. Reynolds has struggled for the Cardinals and hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2012, so Piscotty doesn’t have a very high bar to clear in terms of providing an offensive upgrade.