The St. Louis Cardinals today announced the recipients of the organization’s 2015 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, and for the first time since the award’s inception in 1995, there are co-recipients of the top honor for pitchers, with right-hander Alex Reyes and lefty Austin Gomber both being selected. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who became a key contributor for the Cardinals as they delivered a third-straight N.L. Central Division title and the ninth 100-win season in franchise history, was named the organization’s top player for 2015.
Piscotty, 24, batted .305 with 7 HR’s and 39 RBI in his 63 games played with the Cardinals following his July 21 call-up from Memphis (AAA) and ranked among team leaders in two-out RBI (23), game-winning RBI (7) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.393, 29 RBI). “Following his productive work at Memphis, Stephen earned the promotion to St. Louis, stepped in and contributed to our Major League club down the stretch and into the playoffs,” said Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque. A former (2012) 1st round draft selection (36th player overall) out of Stanford University, Piscotty matched Matt Carpenter’s team-high 12-game hitting streak while also hitting safely in each of his first 10 games started and received voter recognition for the 2015 BBWAA National League Rookie of the Year Award.