Bryson Stott makes the Phillies opening-day roster

Velez will hold the highest short probability Bryson Stott On the opening day list, the team informed reporters (Including MLB.com’s Todd Zoellicki). They will need to clear a place in the 40-man squad before Thursday’s game. The team will also carry the third man base Alec Boom In the big league club. Athletic’s Matt Gelb wrote yesterday that keeping both players on the roster was under consideration.

The pair of young players see quality time together on the left side of the field. Stott is supposed to regularly play shortstop. Bohm characters to handle a hot corner most days, getting another crack at taking over after a sophomore slump made him switch to Triple-A late last season.

MLB’s first search would be Stott, who was selected by Phils 14th overall from the UNLV in the 2019 draft. The left-handed batsman considered a short-term prospect of college exit, and quickly moved up the minor league ladder. Stott mashed up the Underdogs in late 2019, resuming where he left off last year after the Underdogs season was cancelled.

The 24-year-old made 351 board appearances with a Double-A reading, scoring .301/.368/.481 with ten eyebrows. Stott posted strong walk-and-strike numbers and earned a late-season bump to Triple-A. Despite having only played ten games with Lehigh Valley, he would rise to the level of the Major League.

Baseball America, The Athletic, ESPN, MLB Pipeline and FanGraphs have placed Stott among the game’s top 100 players this off season. FanGraphs was the most upbeat of the group, ranking it 34th in the sport. The general consensus among the evaluators is that he will be a daily productive player in the near future. Stott doesn’t get amazing grades in any of his physicals, but he is seen as a short, polished defensive player with good ball-handling skills and average raw power or better.

Stot upgrade numbers will reduce the playing time for the current short time Didi Gregorios. Phils brought the veteran back on a two-year deal last season, but his 2021 production was a disappointment. Gregory only hit .209/ .270/ .370 in 103 games. Chief of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski admitted at the start of the holiday season that the 32-year-old wouldn’t guarantee the short primary job, pointing to Stott as a potential internal replacement.

Jan Segura Lined up as the daily second baseman, Stott and Bohm’s pregnancy could propel Gregory into a utilitarian role. Phils also signed Johan Camargo to a one-year deal this winter, giving manager Joe Girardi a few options to enjoy his playtime. A lot of the numbers depend on how well Stott and Boom start the season. Bohm, the previous year’s third- and potential third-place pick, was an excellent rookie show in 2020 but coming out of a season (.247/.305/.342) not much stronger than Gregorius. He still has a couple years of minor league options left, adding to the pressure to claim the third daily base job early in the season.

As a consensus prospect on the Top 100, Stoot’s immediate promotion to the Big League could raise the Phils some additional capital going forward. The new collective bargaining agreement includes a so-called odds-boosting incentive, a feature that can give Phils an extra choice in amateur drafts or international drafts (if the international draft is eventually placed) depending on his endings in the Rookie of the Year or an MVP vote before he reaches eligibility arbitration.

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