It’s official: The Phillies like tall prospects with great frames, making 6-5 right-hander Zac Stott the player to be named later in the Ryan Franklin deal with Cincinnati.
The 23-year-old Stott had a 2.53 ERA in 23 relief appearances for Class A Sarasota and fits the physical profile of some of the other pitchers acquired over the past two weeks.
With Sarasota, Stott allowed 23 hits in 32 innings with 22 strikeouts and 10 walks. In the past two seasons, he has been used almost exclusively as a reliever. A former 27th round pick of the Reds, Stott becomes the eighth prospect acquired in deals around the trade deadline. He was assigned to Clearwater.
I won’t even pretend to know anything about young Mr. Stott, but I definitely endorse the idea of developing your own relief pitching. This is an area where the Phillies have sorely lacked, and in general, the relievers in their system have been around the block too long.
In addition, Mr. Gillick and company are definitely from the old school, adding yet another player with repordely excellent physical gifts.