Why Bryson Stott’s first hit and the RBI wasn’t the most impressive part of his major league debut

When it was all over and the Phillies emerged with a 9-5 victory on the opening day, Joe Girardi sent a one-word message to rookie Bryson Stott.

“Wonderful,” said the manager.

Girardi could have referred to Stott’s first major league strike, a one-right strike in the sixth inning against Oakland goalkeeper Jacob Lemoine. Or an RBI double for eighth against tough left-handed Kirby Snead.

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But Gerardi was talking more about Stott’s response to the difficult seventh game. Playing third base – he’s a natural short-term player – Stott made two poor throws that contributed to Oakland’s run. He was given a bug in one of the helicopters he charged and he threw it wide from first base. First base officer Rhys Hoskins was wrongly accused in the other because he was unable to hold the ball.

Rather than allowing the blunders to remain, Stott recovered to make two routine plays in the eighth inning before driving in the insurance race against Snead.

“To screw this guy up and let him run in there and then be able to go right back and get those two straight,” said Stott, “that was cool.”

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The Phillies put Stott on the opening day roster because they liked more than his base streak in spring training (13 vs. 31, by the way). They believe that the 24-year-old potential player can handle the stress of playing in the major currencies, even in multiple positions.

Stott started on third base versus the A’s. He’ll likely play second base as well, perhaps short of time when Gerardi decides to give Didi Gregorios a break. And while there will be growing pains learning unfamiliar situations, the Phyllis are confident he’ll handle it, all the more so now that they’ve seen him deal with adversity.

“She says he’s very mature and can turn the page,” Girardi said. “Because that’s not easy, is it? Opening day. You probably have tension anyway. You get a couple of really hard games and he just can’t do them. He hasn’t had a play like this all spring. It’s something we’ll continue to work with. But it says a lot” .

Stott had a great rooting department on Friday, including his mom Shana. He said he plans to give her the ball from his first big hit in the league. She has many other memorabilia, including the bat with which he hit his first secondary home.

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nerves? Yes, Stott had a few. They started when it was introduced at a pre-match party.

“That’s kind of when it all hit me that I was really here,” he said. “That’s when my heart rate started going up. It was great.”

Stott said his heart rate started to return to normal in the second half after sending a routine playmaker from Chad Bender in Auckland. Certainly, though, things started to speed up again after the seventh inning errors.

Bryce Harper, Stott’s close friend, said he was feeling the novice wasn’t shaken.

“That’s it,” Harper said. “He just gets out there, doesn’t let anything bother him. A tough run down there for him. I think he’s going to go up there and have that good bit of a hit against that bit, get that weak, just show that he’s ready to be here and he’s excited to be here” .

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