MLB Winter Meetings: Phillies content without making a splash, Rob Thomson didn’t watch the World Series, and MLB Rule 5 Draft update
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Phillies prospect Bryson Stott is moving up the minor league ladder. The 23 year old shortstop was promoted to Double A Reading on Tuesday.
Stott started the Minor League season at High A Jersey Shore and had a great first month. In 22 games, Stott hit .288 with five home runs and 10 RBI. He had a league leading .453 on-base percentage with 22 walks, eighth most in minor-league baseball.
Stott, the 14th overall pick out of UNLV in the 2019 draft, appeared in Spring Training for the Phillies last February and March but struggled to get things going. He struck out 16 times in 28 at-bats while batting just .179.
Stott can play shortstop and second base. In 16 games (136+ innings) he made just two errors at shortstop for the High A Jersey Shore. In six games at second base, he had zero errors in 55 innings.
In the second game of a double header on Saturday, Stott hit a two-run home run to right field to tie the game in the seventh inning.
The promotion is a great sign for Stott, but it’s unclear whether he will continue to progress through the Phillies’ farm system at the same pace moving forward. Both Didi Gregorius and Jean Segura are under contract for the Phillies through the year 2022.
Where is Mickey Moniak?
Mickey Moniak was called up to the Phillies a few times earlier this season and has been playing centerfield for Triple A Lehigh Valley. In somewhat surprising news, Joe Girardi stated earlier this week that the Phillies organization now sees him as more of a corner outfielder. Girardi then clarified his statement later on in the week.
“It’s maybe where we see him,” Girardi said. “He can play center and I don’t have a problem putting him in center, but with the way our team is constructed, we have Odubel (Herrera) in center field, so we could go either way. As far as a prototype centerfielder, (Moniak) probably doesn’t have the speed of a lot of them, but I would not be afraid to run him out there.”
Girardi said that was his reasoning for calling up Travis Jankowski to replace injured Roman Quinn because Jankowski is a true centerfielder and was hitting well in Triple A.
Nick Maton started the year off for the Phillies red hot but has recently been held out of the lineup and currently finds himself in an 0-for-15 skid where he has struck out nine times. Girardi said that Maton would get the start on Wednesday afternoon against right-handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, but wouldn’t play tonight against left-handed pitcher Sonny Gray.
The Phillies are currently leading the Reds 5-3 in the top of the sixth inning.
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY