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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.