Bryson Stott

Stott, Cabrera named Phils best minor leaguers

Infielder Bryson Stott and right-hander Jean Cabrera were named the winners of the Paul Owens Award given to the organization’s top minor league position player and pitcher each season.

The 23-year old Stott opened the year at High-A Jersey Shore before joining Double-A Reading. Just prior to joining Reading, Stott played second base for the National League team in the Futures Game at Coors Field during the MLB All-Star Break this summer. Stott has posted a .296/.361/.480 slash line with 22 doubles, two triples, 10 homers and 36 RBI with Reading. He currently has the third-highest batting average among qualifying Double-A Northeast hitters this season.

Defensively Stott has played three infield positions this summer, picking up four games at both second and third base, when he wasn’t manning his usual shortstop position for the BlueClaws and the Fightins. On the season, Stott has just five errors in over 275 chances at the tree positions and has been involved in 25 double plays.

Stott came into the final week of the season hitting .294 (111-377) with 26 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 46 RBI, 64 runs, 55 walks, nine stolen bases, a .381 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage in 100 combined games this season between High-A Jersey Shore (22 G) and Double-A Reading (78 G).

Reading manager Shawn Williams complimented Stott on how he handles himself both on and off the field. “Bryson is a true baseball player, which is the ultimate compliment. He does everything to help the team win. Bryson is great teammate, plays the game right way, and is great player in all areas.”

The left-handed hitter was named Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month in both May and August, collecting the most hits (42) across the minors during the latter month. Stott leads all Phillies minor leaguers in hits, on-base percentage (min. 220 PA) and total bases (186). He reached base safely in 31 of 32 games from July 31 through Sept. 14, which included a 19-game on-base streak (8/15-9/14) during which he posted a .411/.477/.630 slash line.

The Las Vegas, Nev., native was recently named the No. 100 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. Stott was selected by the Phillies in the first round (No. 14 overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Cabrera was signed as an international free agent in July of 2019, but did not make his professional debut until this season thanks to the cancellation of the minor league season in 2020 because of COVID. As a member of the Phillies DSL team, Cabrera, 19, made 11 starts and posted a 1.37 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP with 11.15 strikeouts per nine innings of work.

Phillies GM Sam Fuld released a statement on Cabrera, stating in part: “Jean has dominated hitters this season and put himself on the radar within the organization. He fills up the strike zone with his fastball, slider and changeup, and has flashed some exciting stuff for a 19-year-old. Jean possesses meaningful upside with his combination of stuff, command and competitiveness. He is very well-deserving of this award.”

The Paul Owens Award was instituted in 1986 and is named for the late Paul Owens, who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor. Many R-Phils have received this award and gone on to have much success in Philadelphia. The last Baseballtown player to be named the Paul Owens Award winner was Alec Bohm in 2019. Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard, and Rhys Hoskins are notable players to top the Phillies Minor League system.

The players will receive their awards on the field on Monday, Sept. 20, prior to the Phillies’ 7:05 p.m. game against the Baltimore Orioles.

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