With the 2024 MLB season bearing down on us. We here at EOP will spotlight a Phillies player every week until the start of the 2024 season. We will highlight their 2023 season, strengths, weaknesses, and 2024 projections. This week we will highlight second baseman Bryson Stott.
Taking over full-time second base duties in 2023, Bryson Stott proved to be one of the best in the game during his sophomore campaign. The 26-year-old started the year with a bang as he surpassed Puddin’ Head Jones for the longest hitting streak to begin a season (17) in Phillies franchise history.
Stott built upon that by displaying elite plate discipline and improving his offensive production in nearly every category from his rookie year. Overall, The UNLV product batted .280 with 15 home runs, 62 RBI, and 31 stolen bases across 151 games in 2023.
2023 might have looked like a breakout year for Bryson Stott but look to the 2024 season as the best season yet for the homegrown Philie. In 2023, he was one of the better second basemen in the National League. He slashed .280/.329/.419 with 15 HRs, 62 RBIs, and 31 stolen bases. 2024 is his third full season in the majors after his 2023 expectations are at an all-time high for Stott.
Bryson Stott has average tools or better across the board with no standout skill outside his on-base ability. Should provide a potential leadoff type of skill set despite not being a burner. Strong all-around offensive game with some projection possibly remaining in his power. He’s on the cusp of an above-average role, due to a combination of skills, but lacks the power or plus defensive profile at shortstop to get there. A strong everyday player is likely at third base long term.
Open stance, slight bend in the back knee, hands set by the back shoulder, moderate leg kick with steep bat angle at the point of contact. Stott shows the ability to adjust and manipulate the bat head depending on pitch location. Takes what the pitcher gives him and doesn’t sell out for power. Works deep into counts, plus on-base skills, the approach will border on passive, taking more looking strikes than you’d like. Will swing and miss on elevated velocity up in the zone, above average tool buoyed by approach and contact skills.
Good bat angle and the ability to turn on pitches on the inner half, Stott has strength, but his physicality has yet to fully materialize in the game. It’s mostly pull-side power, but it’s driven by his bat path and steep angle more than hard contact. In other words, his swing path drives his heavy flyball approach. Reports from the ATS are promising with the hope this grade can push into above-average territory in a year. Average game power with some hope for more long-term.
The Las Vegas native took a step forward in almost every facet of his game in 2023. At the plate, Stott improved upon his .234/.295/.358 2022 slash line and went on to hit .280/329/.419 this past season.
The second baseman played 151 games in 2023. He recorded 15 home runs and 62 RBI — which weren’t huge improvements from 2022 (10 and 49). His baserunning improved greatly as he stole 31 bases last season, compared to 12 two years ago.
One of Stott’s biggest strengths is his ability to work a count and see pitches. In a lineup known for chasing pitches out of the zone, the young middle infielder has one of the best approaches on the team.
He sees 4.17 pitches per plate appearance the MLB average is 3.90. His ability to foul off pitches has helped him work deep counts. His contact percentage in 2023 was 84.7 percent, which is significantly higher than the 74.3 percent league average.
Stott simply does not hit the ball hard. He hasn’t hit a single batted ball at 110 mph or harder this season and hasn’t hit a fly ball above 105 mph. His Adjusted Fly Ball Contact Score is a meager 50.
His ability to see pitches and limit strikeouts makes him a prime candidate for a breakout in 2024. In just a small sample size, it’s apparent that Stott has learned how to advance as a player. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the second baseman take another step forward next season.
Many things that Stott does pass the eye test, too. Fans have seen him make great plays at second base. He comes up with big hits. Stott is also a huge part of the Phillies’ vibrant clubhouse culture. He and Brandon Marsh are known for dumping water and whatever else they have at their disposal on the player getting interviewed postgame.
The Phillies are in a good spot to retain many young players. Stott, for example, won’t become a free agent until after the 2027 season. If he keeps progressing and improving as he reaches his prime, the Phillies will be in a great spot as some veteran players age. It won’t be surprising to see Stott become one of the main faces of the franchise in the next few seasons.
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