Joe Girardi brought another name into the competition for the starting third base job on Sunday when he started top prospect Bryson Stott at the hot corner. Prior to the game, Girardi told reporters, including NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, “it’s something we’re going to look at.” In response to whether Stott is ready to play in the majors, Girardi simply noted that the 24-year old “hasn’t shown us anything that he’s not.”
Alec Bohm came into camp with a loose grip on the job and recently signed Johan Camargo instantly put some heat on the incumbent. The problem is that neither of those two are showing the type of offensive prowess that Stott has shown in the early going of camp and both are coming off down offensive seasons when Stott is coming off his best season in the minors. Odds are that Camargo may wind up winning a bench job but neither Stott nor Bohm are going to be playing that role with the Phillies.
“You’re not going to take a guy like a Stott if he’s not going to play a lot. That makes no sense. He’s going to play, and it could be all over the place – right? Two days here, two days there,” Girardi noted. The fact that Stott only has 10 games to his credit at Triple-A has some wondering if a little more seasoning might be in order.
The plan and quick move to the majors sounds familiar in that the Phillies took the same ‘different day, different position’ approach with Scott Kingery and it did not turn out well. In both 2018 and 2019 Kingery played games at second, short, third, left, center and right. In 2018 Kingery struggled at the plate and part of the blame was put on having a young player moving from position to position. The following season Kingery seemed to take to the role better and saw his numbers take a bounce only to fall the following season when he failed to hit above the .200 mark.
Stott has played at third base on a limited basis having played there last season in the minors with five games to his credit at third base. He also saw time at third during the Arizona Fall League. He also has some professional experience at second base, which would allow the Phillies to move him around the infield.
This spring Stott is off to a good offensive start hitting .417 (5-for-12) and he delivered his first spring home run Sunday in the Phillies win over Toronto. Bohm is 2-for-16 (.125) and Camargo is batting .333 (5-for-15) and played his first game at first base on Sunday. In the majors, Camargo has played primarily at second, third and short and was the Braves starting third baseman early in his career. He has limited playing time in left and right field and just two games in the majors at first base.