After a tough last ten game stretch for the Phillies, they have decided to once again turn to the prospect well and have selected the contract of 3B Alec Bohm. With Jean Segura, Scott Kingery and Rhys Hoskins struggling at the plate, the need to take action was nearing a pivotal level. Simply put: the Phillies need guys who can hit. Alec Bohm has had major success hitting in both the minor leagues as well as at the Phillies alternate camp. With Adam Haseley hitting the 10 day IL, there was an opening on the teams 28 man roster and Alec got the call.
So, who is Alec Bohm?
Bohm is a 24 year old right handed hitting 3B from Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Roncalli Catholic High School where he saw major success with the bat. In his junior season Bohm hit an impressive .526 and he followed that up with an even more impressive .533 senior campaign. In August of 2015, he won the Connie Mack World Series Home Run Derby but still went undrafted out of high school. From his teenage years in high school, Bohm showed flashes of his elite hit tool. This elite hit tool helped propel his success in college. That hit tool ultimately led him to being ranked as the 34th best prospect in baseball on MLB.com.
This led Bohm to Wichita State University where he slashed .303/.346/.489 with 6 HR and 30 RBI’s as a freshman in 2016. In his sophomore season, Bohm totaled a .305/.407/.502 lash line adding 11 HR and 40 RBI’s. In his final season, he posted a .339/.436/.625 slash line with 16 HR and 55 RBI’s – all of which were among the top numbers in his conference. Bohm saw a lot of success in the Cape Cod league as well. He was able to post a .351/.399/.513 line with 5 HR and 28 RBI’s while being named a Cap Cod All-Star.
All of that success in college led to Bohm being selected 3rd overall by the Phillies in 2018. Bohm signed for $5.85 million following his selection.
Bohm’s Professional Start
Bohm made his professional debut with the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2018. He saw 139 at bats during his time on three teams in 2018, and hit .252/.335/.324. Bohm was ranked the 50th best prospect by MLB Pipeline following the 2018 season.
Bohm saw a major jump in success in his first full season with the Phillies organization in 2019. He began the season with the Lakewood Blueclaws before being promoted to the Clearwater Threshers. He finished his 2019 season in AA playing for the Reading Fightin Phils. Over the course of that 2019 season, Bohm hit a combined .305/.378/.518 with 21 HR and 81 RBI’s. He logged 83 games at third base and 24 at first base.
Bohm Gets National Attention
Bohm was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game and was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League. On September 12th, Bohm was awarded the Paul Owens Award, awarded to the top position player in the Phillies system. On October 10th, Bohm was selected to the United States National Baseball Team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.
Bohm was hitting well at the Phillies alternate camp, reportedly hitting around .500 while there. That level of success combined with an injury to Adam Haseley opened the door for Bohm to make his Major League debut against the Baltimore Orioles on August 13, 2020.
In his first Major League at bat, Bohm scorched a double down the third base line in the second inning. He made great contact throughout the game, but wasn’t able to get a second hit. Bohm struck out looking in his second at bat and hit a deep fly ball that was reeled in for his third AB. In his final AB, Bohm scorched a line out to deep right center that logged 100.3 MPH off the bat.
Bohm showed a great eye, quick hands, solid power and the ability to make some smooth plays out in the field. Bohm looked every bit the part of a top 50 prospect, and MLB.com’s number one ranked 3B prospect entering the 2020 season.