Gone are the days of the Big Piece Ryan Howard, The Man, Chase Utley, and the heart and soul of the 2010’s team Jimmy Rollins.
All homegrown talent that provided Phils fans the most significant five-year postseason baseball run in the franchise’s history.

Since then, many draft busts such as Dominic Brown, Darin Ruf, J.P. Crawford, Cornelious Randolph, and most recently Mickey Moniak have headlined the scouting department’s inability to draft and groom young talent consistently.

I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t include some of their success with the likes of Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins.

However, two stars within the last decade aren’t satisfactory enough. Especially when our division rivals have brung up talents like reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, Ozzie Albies, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Jacob DeGrom, and World Series MVP Stephan Stroudsburg, to a name a few, plus Mike Soroka, and while I love Nola, the Phillies may have gotten the worst out of all of the premium starting pitchers within the division.

The end of this long line of draft busts may be nearing an end with Alec Bohm, who burst onto the scene last season with a batting average of .338, 23 RBI’s, four long balls, and 11 doubles in 180 plate appearance.

Bohm is then followed by Bryson Stott, selected with the 14th pick in the 2019 draft who has risen eyebrows not only from his collegiate career batting average of .340, and .295 average in his short stint of 166 at-bats in pro ball.

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He also has a relationship with the face of the franchise, Bryce Harper, where they attended the same high school in Las Vegas, and Stott looks to as an idol in his journey up to the big leagues.

Anyone who models their work ethic after Harp has a full endorsement from me.

It’s been a long line of empty promises from Phillies’ draftees; the tide has a chance to be shifted with these two along with Spencer Howard, who doesn’t have the stats from last year to back him up but flashed a repertoire of a top of the rotation arm has a tremendous opportunity to form a young core that’s always in the mix for postseason play.

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