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2019 MLB Draft Profile: Bryson Stott

The UNLV star would add depth to the Marlins farm system at the all-important shortstop position.

Photo by @stott_ya10/Twitter

Overview

Position: SS

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 200 pounds

High School: Desert Oasis High School

College: UNLV

2019 MLB Draft Profile

Bryson Stott is a 21-year-old shortstop from Las Vegas, Nevada and plays college baseball for the UNLV Rebels. He is one of the top collegiate prospects in the 2019 MLB Draft. Bleday also played for USA Collegiate National Team last summer.

According to Perfect Game, Stott was the 17th-ranked prospect and the third-ranked shortstop in the state of Nevada. During his first two years at UNLV, he had been one of their key contributors as he hit for high average and was constantly on base. In his junior season, Stott has torn the cover the ball as he’s currently batting .362 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and has a 1.132 OPS.

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Stott has a large, athletic frame and is one of the most complete players in the draft. His approach at the plate is more advanced than most of the collegiate hitters. He’s very relaxed at the plate and doesn’t get overmatched very often. Stott has really good hitting tools as he can hit every pitch thrown at him and use all fields.

Stott is still developing his power, but does show he can really drive the ball. The power will be there.

On defense, Stott could play shortstop as a pro. He’s an average runner with pretty decent hands but plays very relaxed and lets the game come to him. He figures to be a solid player at the highest level, with the ceiling of becoming one of MLB’s best shortstops as his power continues to develop.

Strengths

  • Advanced approach
  • Strong arm
  • Keeps his hands back
  • Above average bat speed
  • Drives ball to all fields
  • Makes lots of contact
  • Walks more than strikeouts
  • High baseball IQ

Weaknesses

  • Not a great runner
  • Needs to work on his hands
  • Still developing power
  • Doesn’t really wow many scouts

Pro Comparison: Brandon Crawford

Projection: Top 20 pick

Bottom Line

The 2019 Miami Marlins offense has been one of the worst offenses in the MLB. They have a very high strikeout rate and fail to deliver at key scoring opportunities. The Marlins really need to add some top hitting prospects in their farm system that will eventually help the big clubs’ offense. Bryson Stott may be a reach with the fourth pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, but don’t rule him out entirely with several more weeks remaining in this draft cycle. It should be a priority for them to add depth at the shortstop position behind the injured Osiris Johnson and the emerging José Devers.