Stott’s a 21-year-old shortstop from UNLV whom draft pundits ranked even higher than where the Phillies selected him. Entering the draft, MLB.com put Stott at No. 9, while Baseball America (No. 10), FanGraphs (No. 11) and ESPN’s Keith Law (No. 13) viewed him similarly.
In their free scouting report of Stott, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com liken him to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and credit his “solid all-around tools.” They add the lefty-swinging Stott’s “never overmatched” as a hitter, which could make him a plus offensive player in the majors, though there is some question as to whether he’ll stick at shortstop in the bigs.
Stott was by far the Phillies’ highest pick in this year’s draft, as they forfeited their second-rounder when they signed Bryce Harper in free agency last winter. The club didn’t pick again until the 91st selection, with which it chose high school shortstop Jamari Baylor. He’s already signed.