Stephen Piscotty will make his professional debut in the Quad-Cities.|
Piscotty, the St. Louis Cardinals' first choice in the supplement round in last week's Major League Baseball Draft, signed a contract with the club on Saturday. Cardinals farm director John Vuch confirmed via text message the Stanford product will be assigned to the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Exactly when Piscotty, a third baseman, joins the Bandits is unknown at this time.
"Will be at some point after the (all-star) break," Vuch said in a text message to The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. "Exact date (to be determined)."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Piscotty, the 36th pick, signed for a $1.43 million bonus.
The Bandits have today's scheduled game before the all-star break and then open the second half with a three-game series at Peoria starting on Friday.
In his Stanford career, the Pleasanton, Calif., native was a three-year starter and two-time first team All-Pac-12 selection. Piscotty, who recently finished his junior season, started all 172 games in his career with a .340 batting average, 12 home runs, 43 doubles, four triples and 132 RBIs.
Last summer, he led the prestigious Cape Cod League with a .349 batting average in 20 games.
Current QC utility player Colin Walsh was Piscotty's teammate at Stanford. Earlier this week, Walsh praised Piscotty's offensive and defensive skills.
Pretty soon, they will be teammates again.
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