Phillies first round pick Alec Bohm shines in professional debut

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 12: Nick Pivetta #74 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action at third base against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training game at Spectrum Field on March 12, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 12: Nick Pivetta #74 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action at third base against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training game at Spectrum Field on March 12, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies need one of their first round picks to breakout soon, and Alec Bohm looks strong early

Two weeks after being drafted third overall by the Phillies, third baseman Alec Bohm is making a strong first impression on the fans and organization.

Playing in his first professional game and batting second for the Gulf Coast Phillies West, Bohm came up with an RBI triple off the first pitch he saw off nineteen-year-old Anderson Munoz, an international free agent signed by the Yankees.

Bohm finished the game 1-2 with a fielders choice before the game was suspended due to rain.

Here’s a look at Bohm’s first professional hit since being drafted out of Witchita State earlier this month.

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It’s hard to tell from the video, but judging how the fielders looked and adjusted during the play it appears Bohm’s hit went the opposite way into the right-field corner.

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Philadelphia signed Bohm with a $5.85 million bonus, more than a million dollars under the pick slot. Because Bohm signed at a much lower value, Philadelphia was able to pay sixth-round pick Logan Simmons, a high school shortstop originally committed to Georgia Tech, a $750,000 signing bonus, $457,300 over slot.

Philadelphia also paid ninth round pick Dominic Pipkin, a high school righty committed to play college ball in California, to an $800,000 signing bonus worth $646,400 over slot value.

Director of scouting Johnny Almaraz said Bohm will start the year in rookie ball before going to Single-A Williamsport. If all goes well for Bohm with the Crosscutters he’ll join the Low-A Lakewood BlueClaws for their playoff run. 

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Philadelphia’s last two first round picks Mickey Moniak and Adam Haseley are currently playing in Advanced-A Clearwater and have been strong at the plate. Moniak, the number one overall pick in 2016, is hitting .385 after an early slump. Haseley is hitting .319 in his last 10 games and .294 in 62 games with 18 extra-base hits.

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