Heyman | Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty

Jun 18 2017 Baltimore MD USA St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty hits a solo home run during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported late Wednesday night the Athletics will acquire Piscotty for two minor league players yet to be named. The Piscotty deal comes after the Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins earlier today.

The year prior, Piscotty clubbed 22 home runs while driving in 85 runs while batting.273 as St. Louis' primary right fielder. Last season though, it's like the light bulb went dark, as Piscotty's batting line dropped almost 40 points to an underwhelming.235/.342/.367, as he cranked an anemic nine homers, and drove home a disappointing 39 runs. He finished the season with a 130 OPS+, which in all, had him finish sixth in Rookie of the Year voting.

Piscotty impressed out of the gates and slashed.305/.359/.494 with seven home runs in 63 games in 2015, his first major league action. Piscotty also missed some time with injuries, and family issues in 2017, both of which contributed to his ineffectiveness. Their hope is that a fresh start will do wonders for Piscotty, allowing him to return to form in 2018, giving them a productive mainstay in their lineup, next to the power-crazed Davis.

With no clear role on the team, it made sense for the Cardinals to consider moving Piscotty-that they made sure to move him to one of the few places he could see his ailing mother daily should be applauded on a human level.

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Piscotty is a Stanford product and a native of the Bay Area.

"We actually watched all the games", Stephen Piscotty told the St. Louis-Dispatch at the time. He was their 38th pick in the draft.

Piscotty heard some unfortunate news upon being traded to Oakland.

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