ST. LOUIS (KMOX/Cardinals) – The St. Louis Cardinals today announced a new six-year contract (2017-2022), with an option for a seventh year, with outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

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The team held a news conference announcing the contract extension this afternoon.

Piscotty, 26, was drafted by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round (36th player overall) of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of Stanford University. Since making his Major League debut in July of 2015, Piscotty has compiled a .282 batting mark with 29 home runs and 124 RBI in 217 games.

He finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, back when he hit .305 with seven home runs in only 63 games.

The outfielder last year led the Cardinals with 85 RBIs, and was tied for the team lead in stolen bases with seven.

In Sunday’s start to the season, Piscotty 1-3, with two strike-outs, a walk and a run scored. He hit sixth in the lineup, and is expected to make a majority of his starts in the fourth, fifth or sixth spot this season.

“Having Stephen Piscotty join a number of our current players who are also under contract into the foreseeable future allows us to continue to maintain the level of consistency that has been so important to our organization’s success,” stated Cardinals’ Chairman Bill Dewitt, Jr.

With today’s signing, Piscotty joins eight of his current teammates who are also under contract thru at least the 2020 season – Matt Carpenter, Brett Cecil, Dexter Fowler, Jedd Gyorko, Mike Leake, Carlos Martinez, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong.

“Stephen is a steady player, who we feel embodies the consistent, hard-working style that will be a constant in our lineup for many years to come,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “He is always looking to grow and develop his game and has already exhibited the strong traits of a leader.”

Piscotty has been especially tough in the clutch, batting .357 with two outs and runners in scoring position during his career, ranking 3rd in the majors over the past two (2015-16) seasons. Piscotty ranked 2nd in the N.L. last season with a .363 batting mark with runners in scoring position and he led the team with 37 two-out RBI (6th in the N.L.).

Of his 29 career home runs, 10 have either tied the game or given the Cardinals the lead.

Piscotty hit three home runs during the 2015 Division Series, the most ever by a Cardinals rookie in a Division Series, as were his six RBI in a Division Series.

Piscotty was also chosen as the Cardinals representative for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s (MLBPAA) “Heart and Hustle” Award in 2016.

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