On Sunday, the Phillies walked it off to clinch a sweep against the Angels. The walk-off came off the bat of Bryson Stott, the Phillies’ top prospect turned rookie shortstop. Over the course of the weekend, He was 3-11(.273) with 2 homers, 6 RBIs, and scored 4 runs. Bryson will be a mainstay for the next few years, and he’s proved his worth in the last week.
Stott grew up loving the game of baseball in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, his mother coached Brittany Harper, the sister of Phillies superstar Bryce Harper, giving way to a friendship that would lead to the Phillies’ “Vegas Connection” that starred this weekend. Stott attended Desert Oasis HS just outside of Las Vegas. He starred on the diamond under coach Paul Buboltz.
Stott and his best friend, Cooper Ricciardi, who played basketball at Desert Oasis, shared a dream of going pro. Cooper was diagnosed with cancer during high school, and passed away over 3 years after. Bryson carries his memory on his back every night wearing #5, Cooper’s number, under the lights.
Stott didn’t have to go very far to play D1 Baseball, attending UNLV. A college that has produced MLB names such as Cecil Fielder, Matt Williams, and Ryan Braun. Stott hit .340 with 15 homers and 97 RBIs in his 3 years there. His outstanding collegiate career lead to his name being called on draft night. The Phillies drafted him with the 13th pick in the 2019 MLB draft, creating a duo of prospects on the left side of the infield with Phillies 2018 first rounder, Alec Bohm.
You can see Bryson now at second base opposite Didi Gregorious every night on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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