Can Bryson Stott Contribute to the Phillies in 2022?
The Phillies haven't been to the playoffs in over 10 seasons now, finishing with 82 wins and eight games out of a Wild Card spot in 2021.
One thing the team seems to be lacking is young talent through their farm system. Cheaper players that can help keep cost down and keep you from constantly overspending in free agency.
For the Phillies to take that next step to the playoffs, they are going to need to get some contribution from their farm system.
Will that finally come this season?
Guys like Mickey Moniak, Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley, Cornelius Randolph have yet to help out the big league club.
One player to keep an eye on his middle infielder Bryson Stott, the former first-round pick, was ranked No. 67 in Baseball America's recent Top 100 rankings. Pitcher Mick Abel was the highest ranked Phillies player at No. 51.
Of the two, Stott has the best chance to contribute to the big league level this season.
The 24-year-old could be in the mix for the starting shortstop job in Clearwater, after hitting .299 with 16 home runs over 112 minor league games in 2021. He had a tremendous run in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .318 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 26 games.
If he can show he can hit in Clearwater, he might be able to push veteran Didi Gregorius for playing time in 2022.
The Phillies clearly think highly of both Stott and Abel, as they were first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, respectively, but they are going to need guys like this to help at the big league level in the near future.
For the Phillies to finally make a return to the playoffs, they have to stop buying players, and start developing their own, Stott might finally be one that can help them, now.
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