Pleasanton native and Major League Baseball player Stephen Piscotty is returning to the Bay Area, professionally, after the St. Louis Cardinals traded the outfielder to the Oakland Athletics in return for two prospects Thursday.
The move allows Piscotty, a 2009 Amador Valley High School graduate, to be closer to his family in Pleasanton, including mother Gretchen who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.
A Stanford product who is entering his third full season in the majors, Piscotty is expected to be an everyday starting outfielder for the A’s in 2018. He batted .235 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 107 games with the Cardinals last season.
And Piscotty could be in the Bay for the foreseeable future. He remains under contract through 2022 for $33.5 million with a team option for 2023, according to MLB.com.
The Cardinals acquired minor league infielders Yairo Muñoz and Max Schrock from the A’s in the trade.