Joey Ricotta | June 2nd, 2019
Bryson Stott, SS (UNLV)
Weight: 200 pounds
2017 Stats: .294/.359/.379 1 HR, 29 RBI, 22 BB, 24 SO, 4 SB
2018 Stats: .365/.442/.556 4 HR, 32 RBI, 32 BB, 18 SO, 14 SB
2019 Stats: .356/.486/.599 10 HR, 36 RBI, 55 BB, 39 SO, 16 SB
MLB Pipeline Grades: Hit: 60 Power: 45 Run: 55 Arm: 55 Field: 55 Overall: 55
Bryson Stott was born October 6, 1997, in Las Vegas, Nevada to Shana and Derek Stott. After lettering four years in baseball, Stott graduated from Desert Oasis HS (Las Vegas) in 2016. It’s no secret as to why Stott wanted to attend UNLV. Going to UNLV is a family tradition, his Dad played football for the Rebels, his mom, brother, and sister also attended the school. In 2017, Stott was named Mountain West Co-Freshman of the year and to the All-Conference second team. He was also named to the Freshman All-American team. In 2018, he was selected to the Mountain West’s All-Conference First Team while leading the NCAA in doubles with a total of 30. Stott was also recently named a 2019 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist.
Stott makes a ton of contact and has a very good walk to strikeout ratio, 109 walks compared to 81 strikeouts in his college career. He has good raw strength and has been receiving comparisons to San Francisco Giants shortstop, Brandon Crawford. It makes sense given their similarity in play and hairstyle, but Stott is a little taller and trimmer. Stott doesn’t project to have a ton of power and Crawford has never hit more than 21 homers in a single-season. In fact, other than the 21 homer season in 2015, Crawford has never reached 15 home runs. If a team gets 21 homers out of Stott, that would be excellent. That number looks more like Stott’s ceiling than what they should expect out of him. Realistically, he’s probably more of a 13-16 homer per season guy. Stott has a plus arm and has been clocked throwing the ball across the diamond in the upper 90s. He has good speed, stealing 14 and 16 bags respectively, the last two seasons.
Although Stott shows flashes of power and has hit for an increased amount of homers in 2019, his in-game power is still questionable. He should be able to hit homers at the next level, but how many of them? Are we looking at the Brandon Crawford 10-14 range or closer to 18-22 range? The tools are there for him to play shortstop, although he could get moved to another infield spot at some point, because of his footwork.
Stott has a lot of above-average tools to play with. He grades out as a plus hitter who has very good plate vision. He can put the bat on the ball consistently and should have no problems doing so at the next level. He seemingly always has a good at-bat and draws a lot of walks. Handles off-speed and breaking balls with ease and hits plus fastballs well. Whether or not the increase in power will continue to grow is a big question mark. Stott’s speed, instincts, and overall athleticism should put him in a good position to succeed at the next level. Even if that means a change of position is in order. The team that drafts him will at least give him a look at shortstop and he could stick there.
Draft Prediction: Round 1 Pick 20 Seattle Mariners
This might be bold and probably against better judgment, but something tells me Stott will fall lower than many originally expected. For a while, he seemed like a sure-fire top 10-13 pick. There are many rumors about every team and player about which player each team likes and which team is rumored to take who. With all of these rumors about teams “getting their guy” Stott might be put on the back burner. Why? Well, he certainly has potential, but he doesn’t seem to have a team that is in love with him. If these other teams “get their guy” and he falls to the number 20 spot in the draft, I think the Mariners will gladly take him and feel good about the value they would be getting.
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