In just his second season with the Phillies, shortstop Bryson Stott has looked like the same player he was advertised as when he was drafted in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft.

As of July 9, the “daycare” kid owns a .301 batting average, along with 7 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 33 RBIs. In 44 fewer games, Stott recently tied his hit total from his rookie season with a two-hit performance on Sunday against the Marlins.Overall, the Vegas native has flourished in the middle of Philadelphia’s batting order and has been one of the team’s best players by far.

But his great season thus far was not enough to be selected to the 2023 All-Star Game as a starter, a reserve, or an injury replacement.

Instead of Stott, Orlando Arcia was named as the National League’s starting shortstop, while Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo replaced the injured Cubs SS Dansby Swanson as the reserve shortstop. 

Okay, yeah. Forgetting my Braves hatred, I can see why Arcia was selected. While his stats are very similar to Stott’s, Arcia has a good story. The former top prospect took a few years before finally reaching his potential in Atlanta and becoming yet another threat in the Braves’ batting order. And Swanson, sure. He’s had a good year in his first season with his new team in Chicago and is the best bat they have in the Windy City. But a stint on the IL will keep Swanson out of Seattle, prompting a replacement in Perdomo.

Listen, I don’t want to knock Perdomo. He’s had a good season, for sure. But his play hasn’t had the same impact on his team as Stott’s play has. 

While Bryson has played in 9 more games than Geraldo, Stott just hits better than Perdomo with edges in hits, batting average, and slugging percentage. Stott has a higher batting average on balls in play and a lower strikeout percentage. Stott also has better numbers in homers; runs scored, and stolen bases.Am I biased? Yes. But I genuinely do believe Stott deserved to replace Swanson instead of Perdomo. To extend it even greater, I could have also seen Stott as the NL starter at short in the All-Star Game over Arcia. Unfortunately, fan selection was not in Stott’s favor. Luckily, Nick Castellanos was rewarded for his spectacular season. Castellanos, albeit as a reserve outfielder, was the Phillies’ lone representative in the ASG before Craig Kimbrel was announced as an injury replacement for the NL bullpen this weekend.

Even as a reserve and a replacement, it will be nice to see two Phillies players compete with MLB’s best on Tuesday.
Still, it would have been nice to see Stott join them on the plane ride to the West Coast as well.

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