Prospect Spotlight: Alec Bohm
The lack of Phillies Spring Training coverage is certainly unfortunate for baseball purists who will watch no matter what, but it’s also impossible to evaluate the future stars on this team with your own eyes. Over the next few weeks, I’ll throw a spotlight on the prospects making the most noise in Clearwater this year in preparation for the 2020 season.
Drafted third overall in the 2018 MLB Draft out of Witchita State (Go Shockers), 3B Alec Bohm is looking like every bit of the corner infielder of the future the Phillies’ had hoped. The only problem… there is a traffic jam in the Phils infield, with no possible outcome in sight.
Our top 5️⃣ third base prospects for 2020:
1. Alec Bohm, Phillies
2. Nolan Jones, Indians
3. Nolan Gorman, Cardinals
4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pirates
5. Bobby Dalbec, Red Soxhttps://t.co/xq7XkKpsIf
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Bohm’s primary positions are third and first base. Let’s break-down the depth chart at each position and see where he could fit best.
Rhys Hoskins has the starting 1B position locked down despite last year’s let-down season.
Bohm backing up Rhys could be a could insurance plan, especially if Rhys gets off to a similar start as last year. However, If Rhys returns to form, you have one of your top prospects now just sitting behind one of your (hopefully) star players, potentially getting starts whenever Hoskins gets a night off. The first base option is looking like the latter of two options.
With the signing of shortstop Sir Didi Gregorius and the emergence of utility wizard/ absolute hunk Scott Kingery, Infielder Jean Segura seems as though he has lost his starting role at short and has been worked in at third. This is where I believe Bohm could get some significant time.
Jean Segura (up until last season) had been one of the most consistent players in all of baseball, hitting above .300 in 3 of the last 4 seasons as well as being one of the best defensive shortstops in the league. Jean, however, slipped in his debut Phillies season and now it looks like his Phillies career is in the front office’s hands.
If the Phillies decide to move on from Segura, it would be the hope that Alec Bohm would ascend to the starting role. He is sure making a strong case this spring that he is indeed ready. Batting .538 with an OPS of 1.038 (7 games), he is one of the leagues hottest players in the Grapefruit League.
It’s hard to say what the Phillies will do with Bohm. They don’t seem to be in a hurry to move Segura, despite a desperate need for a mid to late rotation starter and multiple arms in an already depleted bullpen.
Bohm starting the year in AAA Lehigh Valley is certainly a possibility, he is for sure not going to be there for a full season. In fact, if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster I’m sure he will get the call to the show even before the All-Star break.
The future of this infield is for sure the brightest its been since the golden years early in the last decade, and Alec Bohm is a bonafide MLB player who will be manning the hot corner for the Phils for years to come.