The Phillies first round pick made some noise in his professional debut
Phillies first round pick Bryson Stott has a lot of pressure riding on him after being drafted 14th overall in 2019. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas shortstop turns 22 this fall and projects to be another quick riser in the Phillies farm system.
The drafting of Stott has fans dreaming of an infield with Stott, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, and top prospect Alec Bohm.
While the prospect of that happening is still years away, Stott took the first step in his journey by taking his first professional at-bat in the Gulf Coast League.
Needless to say, he made a big impact with his first swing.
It’s hard to see where that ball went, but it was loud and sounded strong off the bat. It was a unique pop, perhaps because there were no fans drowning it out, but it sounded different.
Philadelphia is very happy with Jean Segura at shortstop, especially after giving up former top prospect J.P. Crawford in the deal with Seattle. Segura is locked into his deal through the 2022 season with a club option in 2023 and full no-trade protection.
Stott certainly isn’t major league ready yet, and he could take longer than Bohm, a fellow first round pick, to move through the organization. Bohm could arrive in Philadelphia as early as this fall as a September call-up, but at the latest, it feels like Bohm will arrive in the big leagues next year.
Likely to be among the Phillies top prospects, Stott could always turn into a trade piece, but the organization liked him enough to draft him 14th overall, thus attaching themselves to him. This team and front office clearly has a philosophy they’re following, so I doubt they’re ready to deal Stott this winter or next summer.