The Philadelphia Phillies find themselves in the thick of the playoff race, just as we all expected. With that said, they still are awaiting production from some of their biggest bats, including JT Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber, and Trea Turner.
And with that lack of production, the Phillies are searching for an answer at leadoff.

Kyle Schwarber is batting .188 with a .281 OBP out of the leadoff spot in his 49 games, hitting atop the order. Trea Turner has led off just 14 times this year. However, his struggles all season do not paint him as a solid leadoff hitter. With the hot bat that Bryson is swinging, it’s time to move Kyle Schwarber down in the lineup and bat Bryson Stott 1st.

Bryson Stott, the 14th overall pick in the 2019 draft, has done everything in his power to live up to his top prospect pedigree. The Phillies selected the top 2B/SS prospect with the intention of him being a long-standing infielder; hopefully one day fulfilling the role of recent Phillies legends Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Stott struggled in his first year but seemed to find his footing in the playoffs last season. But since then, Bryson has been a monster.

Stott started the season with a hit in 17 straight games, setting the Phillies record for most games with a hit to start a season. He finished April with a .317 average and a .344 OBP. And in July, Stott slashed .362/.439/.552 with a .424 wOBA.

He’s not just hitting; he’s also running with five thefts. He’s one homer, and one steal away from a 10/20 season… and he’s batting .304 with a .348 OBP on the season.

As Phillies Beat Writer Alex Carr pointed out:

Stott is doing everything on the field to help this team win games, offensively and defensively.

And with the leader of the daycare making his mark, the team is continuing to find ways to win games.

Just last night, July 25th, Stott came up with a crucial hit to score Bryce Harper to tie the game in the 9th inning, later scoring the winning run on an Alec Bohm single.

Not only is it time to put Bryson Stott in a more productive spot to jump-start the lineup, but it’s also imperative that we financially lock him up while the opportunity to do so is still cheap. This team has financially locked up multiple pieces that will have the group pushing the luxury tax apron for multiple years.

The Phillies division rival, Atlanta Braves, led by GM Alex Anthopoulos, have done an amazing job of locking players into team-friendly deals by paying players before they reach the arbitration stages of their contracts. This has given them the opportunity to have players like Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna on team-friendly deals.

Dave Dombrowski needs to take a page out of Atlanta’s book and lock up Bryson Stott, solidifying the infield tandem of Trea Turner and Bryson Stott for years to come.

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