3 under the radar Phillies off to hot starts in 2023
By Tim Boyle
3) Phillies second baseman Bryson Stott never heard of a sophomore slump
Phillies fans know Bryson Stott well and the importance of his presence on this team. Outsiders may not be paying as much attention to the second-year infielder who is carrying a .420/.431/.500 slash line through his first 51 plate appearances.
Stott has yet to hit a home run but who’s complaining? On this roster, you don’t need everyone to mash. Stott is providing the Phillies with a different look at the plate. Ripping doubles and singles have their benefits, too.
Stott is someone we’re seeing take advantage of the new MLB rules as well. He has 3 stolen bases through the early part of the season. His 12 last year in the majors was the most of any in his professional career. He may not become Jimmy Rollins, however, an ode to Chase Utley when it comes to swiping bases regularly and with a ton of success would be something to look out for.
When most people think of the Phillies roster, Stott probably ranks somewhere in the teens. His 2022 rookie season wasn’t grand. It was more acceptable because of his ability to sometimes hit in the clutch.
Now the second baseman instead of the starting shortstop, it may help translate into Stott being able to focus on his offense more. Who knows exactly what it is? If the kid can keep hitting, we’ll ask questions later.