With the 14th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Philadelphia Phillies opted to select UNLV SS Bryson Stott. This marks the 3rd straight year in which the Phillies have drafted a college position player in the 1st round and it seems to be a technique that’s working for them as of late.
Alec Bohm 3rd (2018)
Adam Haseley 8th (2017)
As I’m writing this article, Adam Haseley was promoted to the majors after the Andrew McCutchen injury. The Virginia product has been productive ever since the Phillies drafted him back in 2017. This season between AA-AAA, Haseley has hit .275 with 7HRs and a .358 on base percentage.
Bohm, who was the 3rd pick in last year’s draft has looked promising as well. Currently at the A level, the former Wichita State slugger has been killing it after getting off to a slow start last season. In 51 games between Clearwater and Lakewood this season, Bohm is hitting .342 with 6HRs, 30RBIs and a .405 on base percentage.
Stott Scouting Report:
Stott looks to continue the Phillies presumed Draft success in the 1st. The UNLV product looks solid all around and has received early comparisons to San Francisco’s 2x All-Star Brandon Crawford.
Standing at 6’3ft and only 195lbs, he could most likely add a lot more weight/power to his frame which will help him at the plate. Stott already provides a great batting approach so adding some power would make him an even tougher out.
During his 3yrs at UNLV he progressively got better and better:
Freshman – .294avg 1hr 29RBI .359 on base %
Sophomore – .365avg 4hr 32RBI .442 on base %
Junior – .356avg 10hr 36RBI .486 on base %.
Some scouts have questioned his long term ability to stick at the shortstop position but his defensive play has been quite exceptional at the collegiate level so that remains to be seen.
The track record for Southern Nevada prospects are pretty comforting. Kris Bryant was drafted by the Cubs just five seasons ago and there’s this guy named Bryce on the Phillies roster who is pretty good too.
It’ll be exciting to watch Stott progress over the years and hopefully develop into a cornerstone piece for what figures to be a very competitive Philadelphia squad for the next 5+ years or so.
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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