Phillies: Three players who will break out in 2021

Spencer Howard #48 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

2. Alec Bohm, 3B

For Rookie of the Year Award finalist Alec Bohm, one could argue that the Omaha, Nebraska, native already “broke out” — with his strong showing across 44 games in the 2020 season, slashing .338/.400/.481 with 11 doubles, four homers, and 23 RBI.

However, consider the small sample size. Bohm did not debut until mid-August. More than 25 percent of his games played were in seven-inning doubleheaders. Bohm has yet to experience a full, 162-game season to showcase his talent and earn the true respect he deserves. All he has to do this coming season is replicate or come close to his 2020 numbers, and his name should be up there for the rest of his career with the best of the best currently in the game at his position.

There is no reason to believe Bohm will not have success in 2021. In an October interview, Bohm said one of the things he learned from his rookie season — “a small taste of just a couple of months up there” — is that “it’s a long year.”

The former third overall draft pick added that he has a lot of work to do still, and that his priority this offseason is to focus on getting his legs strong. “Over the course of a 162-game season, that will be the first thing to go,” Bohm said. “[I will] just take care of everything in the weight room and get back into some baseball stuff.

Bohm already had the right mindset, at just 24 years of age.