Bryson Stott showed why he is a prospect in yesterday’s Reading 11-7 loss to the Akron Rubber Ducks, however, he still is a work in progress.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Stott hit a two-run homer over the 350 ft. sign into the swimming pool behind the right field wall to bring Reading back to an 8-7 deficit. That was his third home run in his last four games. He is hitting .327 in August.
Then, in the top of the eighth with one out, he failed to start a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play. He bobbled a hard hit bouncing ball that was more or less right at him. He recovered in time go get the runner at first but left two runners on base with the two outs. The next batter hit a three-run homer to put the game out all but out of reach at 11-7.
Stott is hitting .266 with an OPS of .779 and 8 homers in 59 games with Reading. He is baseball age 23. Jimmy Rollins played in Reading back in 1999 at baseball age 20. He hit .273 with an OPS of .740 with 11 homers in 133 games. Similar numbers though Rollins played in more than twice as many games.
We can see that Stott’s hitting compares favorably to Rollins when Jimmy played in Reading. Stott has more home run power compared to the number of games each played at AA but Rollins was three years younger than Stott at the time.
The Phillies need a shortstop sooner rather than later. It will interesting to follow Stott to see how much he can raise his power numbers over the final 30 games of the AA season or if he gets called up to AAA for a few games before the end of the minor league season.