The St. Louis Cardinals have called up top-ranked prospect Stephen Piscotty, who looks set to contribute at first base.
Piscotty, 24, who was drafted as a third baseman and has spent most of his professional career in the outfield, has spent the past few weeks working out and logging games at first base for Triple-A Memphis. The position has been a revolving door for the Cardinals since Matt Adams was placed on the 60-day DL with a severe quad injury in May. Mark Reynolds, batting just .229, has started the majority of games at first since then.
Though not known as a power hitter, Piscotty hit .272 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs at Triple-A this season. He hit 28 doubles, which was good for fourth in the Pacific Coast League. He hit safely in 35 of his past 45 games with Memphis.
The Cardinals selected Piscotty 36th overall in the 2012 draft and MLB.com rates him as the team's top overall prospect.
- Jeremy Woo