March 13: Q of the Day
With his hot spring and Oscar Taveras’ health issues so far, what are the odds that Stephen Piscotty makes the big league club out of Spring Training as a bench player?
Jonathan O., Southlake, Texas
Certainly, if anyone has benefited from Taveras’ absence from games it has been Piscotty, who has appeared in every Grapefruit League game the Cardinals have played (besides, of course, the one split-squad game). He has become a priority outfielder for the Cardinals, who have wanted to get a good look at a player who could push his way onto the Major League club in 2014.
He is not, however, expected to be under strong consideration for an Opening Day spot with the big league team. Making the Cardinals’ 25-man roster as a bench player would cut Piscotty off from being able to continue his development with regular playing time. He has yet to play a game in Triple-A, so there is still plenty Piscotty can accomplish by returning to the Minors. Remember, too, that he is only beginning his second season as an outfielder.
The Cardinals kept Matt Adams on the roster last year as a backup player because they felt he had gotten all that he needed to out of the organization’s development system. Piscotty is not yet at that point. You can pencil him in as the starting right fielder for Triple-A Memphis on Opening Day.
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