AFL Weekend Recap: Bryson Stott crushes two home runs, prospects take part in the 2021 Fall Stars Game
The AFL Fall Stars Game took place over the weekend and Bryson Stott, along with two other Phillies prospects, continued to play well in Arizona. Three Phillies were selected to play in the 15th AFL Fall Stars Game on Saturday night. Bryson Stott, Logan O’Hoppe, and Damon Jones represented the Phillies organization and showed out well on the big stage of the AFL on MLB Network. The Phillies were a part of the West team, who fell to Team East by a final score of 6-5.
Bryson Stott had the first RBI of the game, a double in the 1st inning, coming off the bat of Stott at 104.8 MPH exit velocity. Stott would finish the game 1-3 with a strikeout, with his one hit being the RBI in the 1st, with a strikeout as well.
Bryson Stott has been tearing it up in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas, hitting .320/.450/.493 in 21 games, with 24 hits, 24 RBIs, 2 home runs, and an OPS of .943. Stott’s two home runs both came this weekend, his first two of the Arizona Fall League.
Logan O’Hoppe started the game behind the plate for Team West, going 0-2 with two strikeouts in two at-bats. He was pulled in the fourth inning for Austin Wells, a Yankees prospect. The pulling wasn’t because of play, more or less due to scouts and coaches wanting to see everybody play on the big stage. O’Hoppe is hitting .308/.447/.508 in 18 games with Peoria, with 20 hits, 7 doubles, 15 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases.
Damon Jones was the last Phillies prospect to take part in the Fall Stars game. Jones retired both of the two batters that came to the plate to face him, getting one to fly out, and striking out the other. Jones has posted a 0.96 ERA in 7 appearances, striking out 12 batters allowing just one earned run in 9.1 innings pitched.
Bryson Stott also crushed his first two home runs of the AFL this weekend, and the second one was just a bomb. There’s a lot of chatter floating around about if Stott will be ready for the starting SS position on Opening Day, and maybe even a chance at 2B. If this kid keeps hitting the ball like this, then I’ll be damned if he’s not up here to start the 2022 season.
If Bryson Stott continues to rake, I’m going to continue to write about it. The NL Cy Young and NL MVP get announced Wednesday and Thursday, and hopefully, the Phillies will be adding two more trophies to their players’ collection.
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