Catching up with Stanford’s professional baseball players

Austin Slater
Stanford graduate Austin Slater of the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images)

Stanford Athletics recently caught up with the former Cardinal baseball players now playing in the minor and major leagues.

Among them is STEPHEN PISCOTTY, who plays outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals. Piscotty signed a six-year contract extension just one day after starting on Opening Day for the Cardinals. In his first full season as a starter in 2016, Piscotty hit .273 with 22 home runs, 85 RBI and seven steals in 153 games for St. Louis. A year prior, the 2012 first-round draft pick was called up mid-season and was a postseason hero for the Cardinals.

JED LOWRIE, who plays third base for the Oakland Athletics, was a first- round pick in 2005 and made his major league debut in 2008 with the Boston Red Sox. He spent four seasons in Boston, two in Houston and is in his third year and second stint with the Athletics. In his first nine seasons, Lowrie has hit .258 with 68 home runs and 343 RBI.

Minnesota Twins catcher JASON CASTRO was the 10th overall selection in the 2008 draft and has been a standout defensive catcher throughout his career. He joined the Twins this season after six years with the Houston Astros.

Outfielder AUSTIN SLATER is in his first season with the San Francisco Giants, but was recently injured with a torn right adductor muscle that will sideline him for eight to 10 weeks. Slater was called up on June 2. Originally selected by the Giants in the eighth round of the 2014 draft, he hit .309 with a slugging percentage of .457 and OPS of .820 in his first month in the big leagues.

See more about Stanford’s many representatives in the minor and major leagues on the athletics website.