MLB.com: Bryson Stott listed as top breakout candidate for the 2023 Phillies
MLB.com released a list of one player from every ball club that’s ready to have a breakout season in 2023. Bryson Stott, the now Phillies second baseman after the addition of Trea Turner, was the no-doubt pick for Todd Zolecki, who represented the Phillies organization.
Phillies: 2B Bryson Stott
Stott started the season slowly, struggling to the point that he got optioned to Triple-A. But once he started to play, he played so well that the Phillies DFA’d Didi Gregorius in early August. Stott slashed .278/.328/.427 with 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs, and 27 RBIs from July 10 through the end of the regular season. Everybody from manager Rob Thomson to Stott’s veteran teammates was impressed with the quality of his plate appearances and production in big spots. The Phillies believe he will be even better in 2023 as he moves to second base to make room for Trea Turner. — Todd Zolecki
The start of Stott’s MLB career wasn’t an easy road. The now 25-year-old hit just .133/.161/.167 in the month of April, tallying just four hits to ten strikeouts and 3 RBIs in 30 ABs. The newest young Phillie was optioned back to Triple-A on April 25th and did everything he could to regain his hitting mechanics and confidence down with the Iron Pigs.
Stott was recalled on May 7th after Didi Gregorius was sent to the Injured List and still struggled immensely at the plate, hitting just .116 in 43 May at-bats. After Bryson Stott put on a show in Double-A in 2021, followed by a dominant performance in the Arizona Fall League, it was hard to count the kid out, but the lack of contact struck worry across many fans.
Bryson Stott really started to find his swing over the summer and never looked back. Stott went back to his roots of spreading hits all throughout the outfield grass and stopped trying to swing for power whenever he had the chance. The rookie hit .238 in June and had his best month of the season in August, slashing .287/.337/.426 in 94 ABs with 27 hits, six doubles, and 7 RBIs.
The strength of Stott’s game from a young age was his approach at the plate, and the rookie finally got back to his normal ways towards the end of the season and in the playoffs. Although he did struggle during the playoffs, hitting just .136, the lefty gave many quality ABs that lead to big-time moments for the Phillies in their magical run to the World Series.
Bryson Stott is one of my favorite players of a long time due to the smoothness and potential of his all-around game. Stott was a great shortstop for the Phillies in 2022 and will be an even better second baseman in 2023 as he returns to his original position on the right side of the diamond. Stott logged a 1.000 fielding percentage at second base in 372 innings in 2022 with zero errors.
Stott’s trip to the majors was an anticipated one from the start. His first season in the majors may not have come up so well on the stat sheet, but the kid has shown the potential to be a star in the future of this league.
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