All-Star voting has yet to conclude for MLB, but one Phillies representative has been confirmed for the 2021 festivities in Denver. Infielder Bryson Stott, the Phillies first round pick in 2019, will represent the team at this year’s Futures Game.
Stott, who was taken with the 14th pick out of the University of Las Vegas, has been one of the best hitters in the Phillies farm system this year. His .922 OPS is the highest among all Phillies minor leaguers who have played more than 30 games. After a red hot start to 2021 with the Jersey Shore Blueclaws where Stott mashed five home runs and posted a 23.2% walk rate, he was promoted to Reading on June 1.
The Phillies representative in the last Futures Game in 2019, Alec Bohm, found his way to the majors just a little more than a year after his appearance in Cleveland, the site of that year’s All-Star festivities. Both drafted out of college, Stott and Bohm could have a very similar path to the majors. While Bohm’s path was blocked in 2019 by the impending free agent Maikel Franco, Stott’s could have a harder time finding his way into the fold with second baseman Jean Segura and shortstop Didi Gregorius all under contract next year.
One Phillies player who will certainly be rooting for Stott at the Futures Game is fellow Las Vegas native Bryce Harper. Stott and Harper were roommates at spring training in Clearwater and are good friends. This year, Stott has posted on Twitter every time Harper hits a home run.
Since Stott’s promotion to Reading from High-A Jersey Shore this June, he has continued to hit home runs and walk at an impressive rate. Should Stott continue his torrid 2021, it might not be long until fans see their first round pick at Triple-A and then the majors.
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