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Cards Talk: Derrick Goold on Piscotty’s Promotion, David Price’s Availability

Brendan Marks, Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:59:00 GMT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold made his regularly-scheduled appearance on The Ryan Kelley Morning After Tuesday. Goold and the gang discussed prospect Stephen Piscotty’s big league promotion, the reported availability of Tigers pitcher David Price and Jason Heyward’s future with the Cardinals.

We typed up some notable excerpts from the interview. You can listen to the whole thing below:

On Stephen Piscotty’s call-up:

“They need more offense and they’re going to find it somewhere. There’s going to be plenty of playing time available for Piscotty. Piscotty is the other pick the Cardinals got as a result of Pujols leaving. Wacha was the other. They’re going to give him a lot of playing time. He’s their best prospect bat…and has been one of their best offensive prospects for several years now.”

“He took a risk in changing his swing to offer more thump. He used to go up to the plate last year…and was just completely focused on getting hits any way possible. He was just focused on average, now he’s focused on slugging. You’ve seen that in the results in the last couple months at Triple-A.”

On Piscotty switching positions (has been working at first base and used to play third):

“Most players I talked to about position switches…they get really defensive. Piscotty did not. He was really candid. He said ‘I can’t make that throw consistenly (from third base).’ It’s not because he doesn’t have a good arm. His arm is what makes him an above average right fielder. But he couldn’t control it on the smaller scale, like playing infield. He’s worked on it at first base.”

On USA Today’s report the Tigers are open to trading pitcher David Price. Would Cards go down that road?

“I’m intrigued by that. I’m trying to figure out…what would the Tigers want for David Price? I think it’s a tricky deal to pull off…but it would be appealing in the short-term for (the Cardinals). I’ve been told before…they like him. And they know of a mutual interest. But I’ve been told (entering the year) there’s a reluctance to have (Jason) Heyward and Price (as free agents) this winter.”

What kind of deal will Jason Heyward get in the offseason?

“He’s going to hit free agency at a younger age than all but one or two guys I can remember. The Yankees may make it absurd. I’m picking them out because they have a right field spot and they like left-handed hitters (with their park). Maybe he makes a choice based on a place he knows. That’s not unreasonable for him. There’s a lot of factors here.”

Derrick Goold Talks Piscotty Promotion, David Price’s Availability