The Phillies were looking for the third baseman of their future when they selected Alec Bohm out of Wichita State with the third overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft. Now, the 22-year-old is showing that he may just have the talent to take over that role and more in the coming years.
Bohm has taken the next step on his path to the Major Leagues with his recent call up to the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils. He had dominated across two Single-A levels this season and had certainly earned this promotion.
Bohm joined the Fightins last week on their road trip. On Thursday, the team came back to Reading and Bohm was set to make his highly-anticipated home debut. He shined both offensively and defensively on Thursday night, giving a glimpse of the damage he is capable of at the Double-A level and beyond.
The work with the bat started early for Alec Bohm on Thursday. He put on a show in batting practice, showing a great ability to hit for line-drives and power to left and left-center consistently.
Bohm’s solid approach carried into the game as well. After a first inning flyout, Bohm came up to the plate for his second at-bat. He then delivered a majestic 402-foot 2-run home run out to left-center field. It was a no-doubter off the bat, the signature moment of a very highly-anticipated debut. This moment may also have been a bit of foreshadowing of many more to come for Bohm in the hitter-friendly Reading ballpark.
After working a walk in his next plate appearance, Bohm was set to lead off the bottom of the 8th inning. He was down 0-2, but was able to foul a pitch off and then line a single into right field. It was a great at-bat to cap off a great day at the dish for Bohm.
He ended the day 2-3 with a walk, a home run, and two runs scored.
Some questioned the glove at third base when Bohm was drafted, but he played stellar defense in the hot corner on Thursday. He has put in the work, reporting to Clearwater in December, and it really showed for him in his home debut for Reading.
Bohm made a variety of nice plays throughout the game. He did make a throwing error, but it was on an extremely tough running play. He turned two “around the horn” 5-4-3 double plays and looked especially smooth and comfortable doing so. The highlight of Bohm’s night in the field was a diving catch over his shoulder on a pop-up down the left field line in the 9th inning. Bohm, whose range has been questioned, covered about 80 feet after starting in a shift. It was the perfect way to end such a huge night for the top prospect.
Bohm, who now has a .941 OPS on the season across three levels, will continue to get every-day reps in Double-A. This big first home game will hopefully be a start to a great stretch of baseball for the young third baseman. He is playing in the right level and ballpark to showcase his skills and value. If Alec Bohm continues to excel in Reading like he can, he may be getting another promotion soon.
Also, check out Bohm’s meeting with the media before Thursday’s game: