Boston Red Sox catching prospect Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott is genuinely one of the more interesting prospects in the Boston Red Sox system.
Scott joined the organization in 2019. That season he appeared at first base, left field, and right field. In 2021 he added 19 games as a catcher. Then in 2022, catcher was the only defensive position Scott played.
Now, we might see Scott at other positions from time to time. Clearly, the Red Sox want to use him as a backstop, though.
However, his defensive positioning isn't the only reason Scott is intriguing. He has followed a strange pattern over the last two seasons.
In 2021, Scott was putting up decent numbers at the plate in Low-A. Then he went nuclear after getting promoted to High-A midway through the season.
In 2022, Scott struggled in High-A for the first 37 games. Despite that, he got promoted to Double-A. There, Scott put up much better numbers once again.
Now in 2023, we'll see Scott start the season in Double-A. He has pretty good power and a great eye at the plate. Defensively, you can tell Scott still isn't anything spectacular behind the plate. He has improved over time and has a decent enough arm, though. His ability to play other positions and give the team lineup flexibility softens that blow.
Can he break the trend and put up big numbers to start the year? Or will it be more of the same? Does he get that promotion to Triple-A? No matter what, Stephen Scott's going to be a fun player to watch.