Outfielder Stephen Piscotty is ranked at No. 90 on the 2015 MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Friday. He is the lone Cardinals prospect in the rankings.
The annual ranking of baseball's Top 100 Prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. The list, which is one of several prospect rankings on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch, only includes players with rookie status in 2015. Team-by-team Top 30 Prospects lists for 2015 will be unveiled in March.
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Twins center fielder Byron Buxton tops the rankings for the second year in a row. The Pirates lead all teams with seven representatives on the list.
Piscotty ranked 98th on last year's Top 100. He spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Memphis, where he hit .288/.355/.406 with nine home runs and 11 stolen bases in 136 games. He played in the Triple-A All-Star Game and ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League in hits (144) and doubles (32).
The Cardinals drafted Piscotty 36th overall in 2012, a selection they received as compensation for Albert Pujols signing with the Angels. Piscotty was the third player the club selected that year, following right-hander Michael Wacha and outfielder James Ramsey. Wacha has already ascended to the big leagues, while Ramsey was dealt to the Indians at the 2014 Trade Deadline for Justin Masterson.
Piscotty's swing is more oriented toward contact, but scouts are confident he'll be able to hit for power as well as average in the big leagues. He's become a solid defender since moving to right field from third base in 2013.
Though Piscotty was the only Cardinals prospect to make the Top 100 this time, the club has been well represented on the Top 100 in previous years. They placed six players on the list in 2013 and outfielder Oscar Taveras and second baseman Kolten Wong joined Piscotty on last year's list. Taveras was ranked No. 3 each of the past two years and had graduated to the big leagues before he was killed in a car accident in October. Wong was listed No. 58 entering the 2014 season and went on to finish third in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting.
The farm system has played a key role in the Cardinals' recent success. They've had more homegrown players on their playoff roster than any other team in each of the past two years.
Piscotty will hope to join them in St. Louis this season and keep the pipeline of young talent flowing from the Minor League affiliates to Busch Stadium.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.