Height/Weight: 6’4”/215 lbs
Stephen Piscotty has sported a .300-plus batting average in every season thus far thanks to a controlled swing and above-average bat speed. However, for a third baseman, he lacks the power potential.
A right-handed hitter, he may be able to add some pop by adding loft to his swing, but for the time being, his lack of power is a major concern. I’m a firm believer that it’s there; it’s just a matter of tapping into it—something that may happen as a result of working with a big-league hitting coach.
His defense at the hot corner can be suspect, and it’s yet to be determined whether his athleticism will play at the next level. He’s played left field for most of the spring, but, much like third base, it’s a position that requires at least average power.
Piscotty's arrival may ultimately depend on the position, but either way his power will need to emerge. His versatility and potential to have an above-average hit tool has received comparisons to Alex Gordon, though Piscotty has a much lower ceiling. If his bat continues to progress, and he shows even mediocre power, Piscotty should reach the major leagues by mid-to-late 2015.
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