Stanford Junior Stephen Piscotty has proven that he is a jack of all trades with the Stanford Cardinal as both an outsiding infielder as well as a solid right handed pitcher. Now he will take his talents to the show as the St. Louis Cardinals have selected him No. 36 overall in the compensation round of the 2012 First Year MLB Draft.
Known as an above-average hitter and defender, Piscotty owns a .336 career average in three years at Stanford, starting 170 career games, scoring 123 runs and driving in 131 RBI. As a pitcher Piscotty went 6-2 this season with a 3.05 ERA in 12 appearances (4 starts) with 20 strikeouts and nine walks, though he'll work as an infielder in the big leagues. He was drafted in the 45th round out of high school by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was a first team All-Pac 12 member this year as well.
Piscotty was the compensation pick in the Albert Pujols trade to the Angels this offseason. He could prove to be a solid corner infielder down the line, or even a super utility man the likes of Mark DeRosa or Ty Wiggington.