Veteran outfielder Stephen Piscotty has joined the White Sox on a minor league deal and been assigned to their Triple-A team in Charlotte, per a release from the Knights. Piscotty was a free agent after the Giants released him at the end of spring training.
An eight year MLB veteran, Piscotty has appeared for the Cardinals and Athletics during his career, slashing a combined .255/.324/.430 over 726 big league games.
He last appeared for Oakland last season, putting up a .190/.252/.341 with five home runs over 139 plate appearances. That was another season of generally declining offensive output for Piscotty, who was considered an above average hitter by wRC+ for most of the early parts of his career.
A first round pick by the Cardinals back in 2012, Piscotty burst onto the scene with a .305/.359/.494 rookie year in 2015 which saw him finish sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He’d continue to put up good numbers for St Louis, posting a .268/.346/.438 line with 38 home runs between 2015-17, and they’d extend him on a six-year, $33.5MM deal in April of 2017.
The majority of that contract was played out elsewhere though, as Piscotty was traded to Oakland ahead of the 2018 season. It started brightly, as Piscotty posted the best full season of his career in 2018, hitting 27 home runs and getting a 126 wRC+. Things tailed off after that though, and Piscotty has been below average since 2019.
The White Sox are fairly well stocked in the outfield, with Andrew Benintendi, Luis Robert and rookie Oscar Colas manning the positions, but the bench picture is not quite as clear and if Piscotty can find his hitting touch at Triple-A it stands to reason he could factor in off the bench for the big league club at some point.
Piscotty. Dyslexic’s favorite Italian entree.
Lmao that was good.
If he were “Eye-talian” his name would end with an “i”.
also the spelling-challenged’s favorite Italian cookie.
Can Piscotty pitch? We need pitching!
What they need is to have a good trade deadline and sell everyone.
The never-ending rebuild
First to go: Reinsdorf.
He would have had a better chance getting MLB playing time with the Giants rather than the White Sox. Not sure why he opted out with SF.
The Sox need a true RHH 4th OF that can spell Colas in RF.
They have former first round Phillies pick (#8 overall) in outfielder Adam Haseley rotting away on the bench. Give the Haseley kid some playing time!
How about absolutely anybody spelling Roberts in CF? He’s downright terrible and looks lazy.
It’s shrewd signings like these that have made the Sox so successful these past hundred years.
I don’t understand all the criticism. After all, they’re still the best AAA team in the majors.
It didn’t work out for the A’s though Piscotty got his money alright…
It’s a signing for depth and nothing else. The window has closed on Piscotty so he’s a good fit for this White Sox team.
Piscotty Too Hotty
Giants too busy getting blanked to give his guy a chance. #fireKapler
They had to make room for the force that is Matt Beaty. #fireKapler #fireFarhan
Maybe he doesn’t strike out enough for the Giants liking. The Giants are on a robust pace for nearly 1700 strikeouts this season
This… (points finger for emphasis), THIS is the deal you’ve been waiting for.
Rubbish diving Rick Hahn!
Pretty sure this is a Thome sign
I just pulled my 2015 stratomatic cards from storage and noticed his card from his rookie year. He’s a textbook example of a hitter when pitchers make adjustments and the hitter fails to counter. Great start followed with a downward spiral.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Is this Stoney’s burner account. Great headshot pic- studio 54?
Longtime Sox fan, this is the most unlikable team in baseball, Cubs are fun to watch, Sox aren’t
Yes! Just what we need another guy that can hit for a sub~.200 avg and have a WRC+ in the 60s.