Philadelphia Phillies need Bryson Stott to work out

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 01: Bryson Stott #73 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game at Baycare Ballpark on March 01, 2021 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 01: Bryson Stott #73 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game at Baycare Ballpark on March 01, 2021 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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The Philadelphia Phillies have not had much luck when it comes to developing prospects. Their “can’t miss” minor leaguers have all done so, causing major issues as the Phillies look to develop their roster. The likes of Alec Bohm, Mickey Moniak, and Spencer Howard, amongst others, all struggled after they were expected to be a major part of the future, with Howard being shipped to Texas for Ian Kennedy.

Those hopes are now being pinned to Bryson Stott. Unlike the other imagined saviors of the Phillies, Stott does not have that same prospect pedigree, barely registering as a top 100 prospect at different points in his career. However, he is one of the Phillies top prospects, someone that they are looking to as a part of the future.

Philadelphia Phillies need Bryson Stott to live up to potential

Stott could be pushed into action sooner than expected. There is no guarantee that Didi Gregorius will even be on the roster come Opening Day, let alone have a starting job. Even though the Phillies would ideally want to start the 2022 season with Stott in Triple-A, they may not have that luxury.

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One could argue that, despite a lack of experience in the upper levels of the minors, Stott is ready for this opportunity. He produced an excellent .299/.390/.486 batting line in his 487 plate appearances across three levels last year, hitting 16 homers and 26 doubles while stealing ten bases. His stint in the Arizona Fall League was equally impressive as he made certain that he was a part of the conversation for the most impressive player in the league.

He also has other advantages that could lead to a surprisingly early promotion to Philadelphia. While he has mainly appeared at short in the minors, Stott has also received some playing time at second and third. Although he does not have much experience at those positions, that flexibility could make a difference, especially as Bohm is not a given at the hot corner either.

The biggest problem is that the Phillies cannot afford to rush Stott to the majors and have him struggle. It is a scenario that has played out before, where their top prospect arrives with fanfare, only to stumble. If that happens to Stott, it will be easy to imagine that the same carousel of failure is going to continue.

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The Philadelphia Phillies need Bryson Stott to be the player he can be as soon as possible. But they cannot afford to rush him to the majors either.