3 free agent outfielders to consider on a minor league deal
2) NY Mets free agent target on a minor league deal: Stephen Piscotty
I’ve liked Stephen Piscotty for a while. Unfortunately, the baseball gods haven’t felt the same way. He has missed a lot of time over the last few seasons. What started off as a promising career in St. Louis with the Cardinals turned into a mostly forgotten one with the Oakland Athletics. It’s actually so forgotten, who even realized they realized him and he finished the season with the Cincinnati Reds organization on their Triple-A roster?
Piscotty is, somehow, still a lifetime .255/.324/.430 hitter with an average of 21 home runs and 79 RBI per 162 games. However, he hasn’t gotten to 200 plate appearances over the last three seasons. His numbers have gone down, too.
A right fielder that we could probably expect to play left field and even some first base if needed, Piscotty’s only chance at playing in 2023 would be on a minor league deal.
Piscotty swings from the right side and would have similar expectations as Gamel. The biggest difference is the power potential. On the Mets, I could see him being a right-handed pinch-hitter for any stretch he did spend on the MLB roster.
His splits are definitely more deceiving because of how much weaker his performance has been in recent years. For what it’s worth, he has hit .271/.354/.453 against lefty pitchers in his career.