Rising Phillies star Alec Bohm describes his rookie season as “humbling.”
Top Philadelphia Phillies hitting prospect Alec Bohm may have only played 44 games this season due to his mid-August call up and debut, but the Wichita State University alumnus surely will be among the conversation for National League Rookie of the Year honors.
Tuesday evening, Bohm joined Sports Radio KFH to discuss his first season in the majors, albeit shortened due to the COVID-19 crisis. The 24-year-old called the experience “humbling,” especially being around veterans who not only he respects, but who also helped him along the way in the transition to Major League Baseball.
“I mean, it’s right there in our clubhouse with Bryce Harper, Jay Bruce, Jake Arrieta, and all the veteran guys who’ve been around for a while and won,” Bohm said. “Sitting around in your chair and looking across the room, it was pretty humbling. I grew up as a Yankees fan; one game I played first and here comes Robinson Cano [with the New York Mets] trotting down the line after he walks.”
Bohm says that he has to give a lot of credit to all of the guys in the Phillies clubhouse, from the veterans to even the younger ones. “From the moment I walked in, they told me to not try to do too much and just be yourself … ‘you are our third baseman, so go play,'” said Bohm, who credits a lot of his 2020 success — slashing .338/.400/.481 with 11 doubles, four home runs, and 23 RBI — from his teammates making him feel “comfortable and a part of the team from day one.”
“That really helped me settle in,” the 2018 MLB Draft No. 3 overall pick added.