Phillies: Alec Bohm dominates the Arizona Fall League
Alec Bohm and the Phillies pitching prospects dominated the Arizona Fall Leauge
Phillies fans should be thrilled to see Alec Bohm, the organization’s top prospect, finished atop the Arizona Fall League in a handful of categories this season.
The third-overall pick in 2018 out of Wichita State finished with the second-highest batting average in the league after 19 games with a .361/.397/.528 slashline, six doubles, and two home runs for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Bohm, the recipient of the 2019 Paul Owens Award given to the best Phillies prospect, also appeared in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, going 1-1 with a walk and two runs scored.
Fans can expect Bohm to join the Phillies as early as opening day 2020, but that might be a stretch considering he hasn’t played in Triple-A Lehigh Valley yet. Philadelphia could find a bridge to Bohm to hold down the fort at third base for a couple of months before giving way to the organization’s number one prospect.
Bohm wasn’t the only Phillies prospect who showed up in the Fall League this year.
Top pitching prospect Spencer Howard was lights out as usual, striking out 27 batters in six games with a 2.11 ERA. He could also join the Phillies in 2020 depending on which free agent pitchers they sign.
Another 2020 rotation candidate who performed well was Connor Seabold, who struck out 22 batters and carried a 1.06 ERA in four appearances over 17 innings.
Pitcher JoJo Romero had a 0.84 ERA in eight appearances, though he walked four and struck out five batters. Zach Warren only allowed one hit in 4.2 innings for Scottsdale, but he walked four and allowed two earned runs.
Former number one overall pick Mickey Moniak struggled after a hot start with three hits and a stolen base in his first two games. He finished with a .186 batting average, the third-lowest in the league among hitters with at-least 70 at-bats.
Josh Stephen, an 11th round pick in 2016 from Mater Dei High School, hit .250 with nine hits in 11 games.