OAKLAND -- Another Piscotty is joining the A's organization.The A's selected Austin Piscotty, the younger brother of right fielder Stephen Piscotty, out of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in the 38th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.• A's Draft TrackerEric Kubota, the A's scouting director, said the younger Piscotty
OAKLAND -- Another Piscotty is joining the A's organization.
The A's selected Austin Piscotty, the younger brother of right fielder Stephen Piscotty, out of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in the 38th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.
• A's Draft Tracker
Eric Kubota, the A's scouting director, said the younger Piscotty is a "good baseball player" and has a chance to play pro baseball.
"Blood lines mean a lot to us as well," Kubota said.
Austin, 22, appeared in 135 games over four seasons at Saint Mary's, primarily as a shortstop. He attended Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif., where he earned All-East Bay Athletic League honors.
Stephen Piscotty was traded to the A's from the Cardinals prior to this season. The Piscotty family is from the Bay Area, and they recently received an outpouring of support after Gretchen Piscotty, Stephen and Austin's mother, passed away in May following a year-long battle with ALS.
"I talked to him a little bit earlier today before he got drafted, and it sounded like there was a chance that he could go," Piscotty said. "I was just super pumped for him. I was following the Draft tracker while I was here, and sure enough, he went to the A's, and it was awesome. I congratulated him. He's honored and very excited. ... He's got a lot of talent. I'm just really proud of him and excited for him, to be in the same organization, that's really cool."
"It's such a sad story," Kubota said. "To bring a little ray of sunshine during this time is great."
Eric He is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.