Hitting has never been a problem for UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott. He’s done it at every level.
Stott hit .410 his senior year of high school with 17 doubles and three home runs. He led his team in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage.
As a freshman at UNLV last year, Stott hit .294 with 14 extra base hits and started 54 games for the Rebels.
Last summer, Stott played for the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters of the Northwoods League. Once again, Stott raked. He hit .352 in 71 games, including 21 hits for extra bases. He also walked more times than he struck out (49 to 30).
Now as a sophomore, Stott is off to another fantastic start. His .404 batting average is currently leading the Mountain West Conference. He is also up to 24 extra base hits in just 35 games so far.
“My biggest strength as a player is definitely the offensive part,” Stott said. “I feel very comfortable at the plate and on the bases.”
His next challenge? Hitting in the Cape Cod League.
Bryson Stott will spend his summer as a member of the Wareham Gatemen.
“I decided to play for the Gatemen because I felt like it was a good fit for me and to be away for summer ball again. I look forward to getting to Wareham and to start playing as a Gateman,” Stott said.
Bringing in a bat like Stott is one the Gatemen need. In 2017, the Gatemen offense struggled. They scored just 184 runs last season over 44 games which ranked seventh out of 10 teams. If his track record is any indication, Stott should provide the team with a big boost this season.
Even though Stott has been a force at the plate in his college career, he is still looking to improve and knows the Cape League is a great place to do so.
“I hope to improve on all aspects of my game and to come back to school a better player,” Stott said. "Playing alongside and against the best players in the country is going to push me and help me as well.”
One main reason Stott believes he’s already improved so much from his freshman to his sophomore year is due to his better approach at bat and plate discipline.
“I am staying within myself more and making sure it’s my pitch,” Stott said. “Last year I felt I would get out of my approach and start doing things I’ve never done before. This year I am staying more within myself and taking my walks when they are there.”
The results are there. Stott’s batting average is over 100 points higher this season and he has walked 20 times to just 12 strikeouts.
On defense, Stott has a lot of responsibility as well. He commands one of the most important positions on the field: shortstop.
Despite the fact that Stott is 6’3” 195 lbs., he does not believe that his size is a hindrance at the position.
“There are a lot of big shortstops in today’s game, so I don’t see my size as a problem. Maybe in the future someone will tell me I am a little too big to play short, but until that day comes I plan on staying there,” Stott said.
For now, that’s where Stott will be. Playing shortstop for the Gatemen this summer.
Welcome to Wareham, Bryson.