Phillies promote top prospect Alec Bohm to majors

Alec Bohm #80 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Alec Bohm #80 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

The Phillies are calling up top prospect Alec Bohm

It’s Bohm time. Amid the Philadelphia Phillies’ recent skid in which they have lost four of their last five games, the team is calling up top prospect Alec Bohm to the major leagues, first reported by The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro.

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In corresponding moves, outfielder Adam Haseley was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to August 12) and RHP Edgar Garcia was designated for assignment. The 24-year-old Bohm was drafted third overall in the 2018 draft out of Wichita State University.

It is not clear what role Bohm will fill at the big-league level, including whether he will be in the starting lineup and/or bat as the designated hitter out of the gate. At least at the onset, Bohm will debut in Thursday’s matinee finale against the Baltimore Orioles as the starting third baseman, batting sixth.

Long-term, Bohm can play both of the corner infield positions (first and third base), so perhaps he can get some at-bats in place of the skidding Rhys Hoskins (.190/.404/.238) — who hit into three double plays in Wednesday’s loss to the Orioles.

It is also possible that Bohm is used at the hot corner in place of Jean Segura, who could potentially move over to second base if Scott Kingery (.100/.163/.100) similarly continues to struggle early on in the season.

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With his call-up, Bohm becomes the fifth Phillies draft pick under general manager Matt Klentak (since 2016) to reach the majors, joining Adam Haseley, Cole Irvin, Spencer Howard, and Connor Brogdon.

Also, with Bohm and Howard now promoted, 2019 first round pick Bryson Stott is now the team’s highest-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline to have yet to receive a call to the big leagues.

Bohm has yet to play above the Double-A level (excluding alternate training site action this year at the home of the Triple-A affiliate IronPigs in Lehigh Valley). Last year, upon his promotion to Double-A, Bohm slashed .269/.344/.500 across 63 games, while slugging 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 42 RBI.