Former Quad Cities River Bandits third baseman Stephen Piscotty made his major-league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, and collected his first big-league hit in his second at-bat.
He reached base on a sharply-hit single that Chicago White Sox third baseman Tyler Saladino couldn’t handle.
Piscotty is considered the Cardinals’ top hitting prospect. He played third base during his first year as a professional ballplayer (with the River Bandits in 2012), but primarily has been an outfielder since then. His MLB debut was as a leftfielder, but he is expected to get some playing time at first base, too.
Piscotty batted .295 with 4 HR and 27 RBI in 55 games with the River Bandits. Contrary to this 2013 Topps Pro Debut card featuring an altered photo, he did not play for the Peoria Chiefs.
Garcia to rehab with Chiefs
Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Chiefs in Peoria on Thursday. He was placed on the disabled list July 5 after suffering a groin strain.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Garcia is expected to throw about 50 pitches and will make a second rehab start only if deemed necessary after his Thursday outing. He will face the Clinton LumberKings, who ended their 11-game losing streak Tuesday against the Chiefs.
Garcia previously pitched in the Midwest League, going 5-4 with a 2.90 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 18 walks in 77.2 innings for the 2006 Swing of the Quad Cities.