The Rise of #1 Prospect Bryson Stott Continues as the Shortstop Dominates Fall Ball
Bryson Stott is the Phillies’ #1 positional player prospect throughout their whole farm system. He had a fantastic 2021 season in the minors and carries high hopes in his play preparing for the upcoming 2022 season. With the Phillies in the midst of the offseason, and just four teams remaining in the October Classic, there isn’t a ton of action going on in the Phillies’ clubhouse at this moment in time. Stott is turning heads in fall baseball, keeping his consistent 2021 outing going.
Bryson Stott was named a recipient of the Paul Owens Award back in September, after his dominant season down in the minor leagues. Stott just recently joined the Peoria Javelinas for some fall baseball action, along with multiple other Phillies prospects, and has been murdering the baseball.
Bryson Stott has been raking the baseball through his first five appearances with the Javelinas. Stott is hitting .400/.625/.600 through five games, with an OPS of 1.225. Stott has 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 stolen bases, and nine walks. Fall Ball is great for these young players because it gives them more and more opportunities to see live pitching throughout the offseason, instead of hitting in the cage for six months. Stott continued to hit the ball well in his most recent game with Peoria, tallying two more hits, and is consistently seeing the ball well at the dish.
Bryson Stott tore it up in the minors last year, bringing his fall ball debut some much-deserved attention. He finished his season hitting .299/.390/.486, with an OPS of .876. He tallied 16 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 26 doubles, and 10 stolen bases to the stat sheet as well.
“Keep swinging and playing defense. You’ve got to hit and play defense to move. You’ve got to earn it. I feel like I really made strides this season in knowing my strike zone and using the whole field.”- Bryson Stott
Nobody really knows what the infield situation is going to look like for the Phillies next year. You have Didi on a heavy contract, who will be gone by the time the 2022 season starts if Dombrowski plays his cards right. You have Bohm, who will hopefully be back at third if he’s ready. There are still holes to fill, especially if the Phillies look to free agency, with the loaded SS market including Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, and more.
Bryson Stott could be ready by the start of next season, but he could also still need a little more time. With the current situation of the Phillies farm system, it isn’t worth rushing Stott up when he isn’t 100% ready. Give him the time he needs, let him develop, and when he’s officially big-league ready, bring him up and watch him tear up the infield for years to come.
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