In 2018, the Philadelphia Phillies had the third pick in the MLB draft. With that selection, they decided to take Alec Bohm out of Wichita State. The 6’5 third baseman was one of the top prospects on the board at the time and the Phillies were very excited to draft this young player.
In his final year at Wichita State Bohm had a stat line of a .339 batting average, 16 home runs, 55 RBI’s, and only 28 strikeouts through a span of 57 games. Bohm looks to be the long time third baseman for a team that hasn’t had one since they traded away Scott Rolen in 2002 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Alec Bohm’s Beginning
When he was drafted, Alec Bohm’s player comparison was Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo. A tall player with a big bat, who could also play multiple positions, with the addition of Bohm having a very good fielding ability. While he was in the minor leagues, Bohm quickly moved through the Phillies farm system, as he played for six teams in a span of two years.
For someone who was only drafted in 2018, that’s quite impressive. Bohm’s career minor league stats tallied up to a .293 batting average, 21 home runs, 97 RBI’s, and a .368 on-base percentage. It was quite the impressive stat line for the young third baseman, as he looked to quickly make the Phillies active roster.
Welcome to the Bigs, Alec Bohm
When it came time for the 2020 Spring Training, the Phillies made the move to bring Bohm up to the Spring Training roster, to see what he could accomplish against big-league talent. In an article written by, Danny Podolsky, called Phillies: Alec Bohm Is Opening Eyes This Spring, he stated, “However, through two weeks of spring training, Bohm has made it very tough for the Phillies to send him down the minors. In 21 at-bats, Bohm has nine hits for a .429 average, along with three RBIs, and only two strikeouts, for an .887 OPS. Bohm doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of speed. However, his defense and power make him a super-intriguing prospect. “
Although he put up an impressive Spring Training, he was ultimately sent back down to the minor leagues. However, his tenure in the minors would be short lived. Alec Bohm was finally called up to the Phillies on August 13 2020, against the Baltimore Orioles.
He proceeded to get his first hit in that very game, and after that Bohm started to play very well for the Phillies. Bohm proceeded to finish the season with a .338 batting average, with four home runs, 23 RBI’s, and an on-base percentage of .400. He only played 44 games this season, due to the shortened season, and is considered a candidate to win the National League Rookie of the Year award.
So what does this mean for the young third baseman? Is Alec Bohm the long term answer as the Phillies’ third baseman? I think he is, Alec Bohm has all of the tools and skills to be a very good third baseman at the Major League level. He has the size, athleticism, hitting prowess, and the defensive skillset to be a premier third baseman in baseball. I believe that in time his skills will develop to make himself a must-watch player in MLB.
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