|Bryson Stott, image- Jay Floyd|
In his junior season last year with UNLV, Stott posted a .356 average with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 58 games. Additionally, the lefty batter that was drafted 14th overall boasted a .486 on base percentage with the Runnin' Rebels.
Soon after the draft, Stott signed with the Phillies and made his professional debut with the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies East team. In four games, he went 6-for-9 with a double, a triple and a home run. With a promotion to Class A short-season Williamsport, Stott continued his success and was recognized as an All-Star for his efforts. In 44 games he notched a .274 batting average with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs and 24 RBI.
Listed at six-foot-three, 200 pounds, Stott draws plenty of comparisons to All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford, as he is more of a contact hitter from the left side that won't always try to focus on the big power swing.
Stott projects to be a plus big league hitter, as he already touts fast hands, excellent plate discipline and the ability to drive the ball to all fields.
With quick reflexes and a strong arm, Stott is valuable on defense and appears to have what it takes to stick at the position for the long term.
Speed may not be a huge part of Stott's game, but he is a guy that could contribute on the base paths. Double-digit steals would be a fair expectation here.
In his younger years Stott looked up to players like Derek Jeter and Bryce Harper. Hailing from Las Vegas, Stott has a relationship with Harper that predates both players landing in the Phils' organization. The two talk baseball often, according to Stott.
Expect the 22-year-old to open this coming season at one of the Class A full-season levels, either Lakewood or possibly Class A Advanced Clearwater.
The path for Stott could be similar to that of Adam Haseley, who was the Phils' first round pick in 2017 and reached the big leagues last year. It may not be too long before Stott is helping to solidify things in the middle infield for the Phillies.
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