3 prospects Dave Dombrowski could turn into trade chips
By Matt Rappa
3. Bryson Stott
Ranked as the second-best current Phillies prospect behind only Spencer Howard, the Phillies drafted shortstop Bryson Stott with the 14th overall pick in the 2019 draft out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
During his first professional season, after playing just four games for the GCL Phillies East, Stott quickly advanced to the Williamsport Crosscutters, where in 44 games he slashed .274/.370/.446 with 15 extra-base hits, 24 RBI, 22 walks and 39 strikeouts spanning 182 plate appearances.
Stott, 23, was without a minor-league season to further climb the organization in 2020; however, he remained in baseball shape with the resources he had near his Las Vegas home and kept in close contact with those in the organization, including his friend and fellow Las Vegas native, Bryce Harper. “I’ve been coming to the Vegas Valley batter’s box for the last two months,” Stott told KLAS-LV in early July. “It’s awesome having resources all around town.”
Stott got off to a fast start in the Phillies system, slugging a triple, two home runs, five RBI, and two walks spanning his first 12 career plate appearances. He has been praised for being able to make contact, drive the ball, and work counts
“While none of Stott’s tools jump off the page as obviously plus, he can do a lot of things very well. The one tool that has the chance to be plus in time is probably his hit tool,” MLB Pipeline writes. “He doesn’t sell out for power, but it did show up more during his junior year and during his pro debut, particularly to his pull side.”
With shortstop being Stott’s primary position, Dombrowski may deem him tradeable, considering Scott Kingery, Alec Bohm, and Jean Segura are currently in the big-league infield mix.