Bryson Stott

Phillies promote Stott, Muzziotti, O’Hoppe and others to Lehigh Valley

With the Double-A season ended and the Triple-A season having 10 games remaining in what they call their “Final Stretch,” the Phillies made a series of roster moves involving primarily the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightins. Here’s the full list.

The promotion of Stott is the largest of the moves to be made. Stott was recently moved onto the list of baseball’s top 100 prospects after splitting the season between High-A Jersey Shore and Double-A Reading. In 102 games, Stott hit a combined .299 with 15 home runs and 46 RBI. Stott, who is from Las Vegas and has a well publicized friendship with Phillies MVP candidate Bryce Harper, was the Phillies first round pick (14th overall) in the 2019 Draft. Primarily a shortstop, Stott also played 10 games at second base and five at third base this season and will play in the Arizona Fall League. It is likely that he will be in camp with the Phillies next spring and could contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Muzziotti, an outfielder, played one game in the Florida Complex League, three games at Low-A Clearwater, four at Jersey Shore and four at Reading before being promoted. Muzziotti’s play was limited because of visa issues coming from his home in Venezuela. The 22-year old hit .347 this season with no home runs and 10 RBI. His last full season was in 2019 when he played at Clearwater, which was then the Phillies High-A affiliate, and produced a slash line of 3-28-.287/.337/.372 with the Threshers.

O’Hoppe is a top catching prospect in the organization, who came to the Phillies in the 23rd round of the 2018 Draft out of Baptist High School in New York. In 98 games – 85 with Jersey Shore and 13 with Reading – the 21-year old hit a combined 16-55-.258/.389/.483 in his two stops this season.

Pitcher Francisco Morales, 21, spent the entire season with Reading and finished the year at 4-13 with a 6.94 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances. In 83 innings, Morales struck out 110 batters and walked 60 for the Fightins.

Hans Crouse came to the Phillies organization in the trade with Texas that brought Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy to the Phillies. Crouse was drafted by the Rangers in the second round of the 2017 Draft out of Dana Hills High School in California. At Double-A Frisco and Reading this season, Crouse went 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 19 starts. He was briefly promoted to Lehigh Valley where he made one start, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs for a 6.23 ERA.

Paulino, Dohy and Guthrie have all spent time at the Triple-A level, including this season with Lehigh Valley.

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