The Phillies look to have a young star on the way in Alec Bohm
Entering the 2020 season the Phillies hope to see top prospect Alec Bohm make a contribution to the big league club as early, possibly as soon as May.
There’s a reason the Phillies are so high on their 2018 first round pick. He’s risen through the minor leagues very quickly, going from Low-A Williamsport to Double-A Reading in just a single season last year.
Despite never playing a game in Triple-A and some questioning whether he will move to first or can stick at third, Bohm is already the consensus top third base prospect in baseball.
MLB Pipeline ranked the former third overall pick out of Wichita State their top guy at the hot corner over the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes.
With a very strong work ethic on both sides of the ball, it won’t be long until he is and his bat is going to play regardless of where he lands defensively.”
Baseball America (subscription required) also ranked Bohm as their top third base prospect and their 28th best prospect, one behind Phillies starting pitching prospect Spencer Howard. Bohm moved up from their 32nd overall ranking to end the 2019 season.
Even with questions about whether he’ll have to move to first base, Bohm has the feel to hit and plus power to hit in the middle of the Phillies’ order, and soon.
When the two most respected prospect lists rank the same player as the best at his position, you know there’s something special coming.
Right now the Phillies project to have Scott Kingery start the season at third base after Maikel Franco wasn’t tendered a contract. Kingery could always platoon with Adam Haseley in center field to make room for Bohm if the young third baseman is playing out of his mind in Lehigh Valley, but if Bohm comes up he’s here to stay.
This season should be an interesting and exciting one for the Phillies, and the prospect of Bohm finally making his big league debut is one of the biggest storylines of the new season under Joe Girardi.