Phillies 2021 Spring Training Preview: Position Players
Maybe the most hyped hitter going into the 2021 season isn’t J.T. Realmuto, Bryce Harper, or Rhys Hoskins. It might actually be Alec Bohm and for good reason.
Bohm came up to the major-league level in 2020 and played 44 games, in those 44 games he was legit, especially at the plate. Bohm comes right out the gate with a 136 OPS+ and a 139 wRC+, including a .400 OBP.
So, is it safe to say he is a budding star in the making? While that could definitely happen, there should still be some fear of regression — maybe not a lot but enough that it needs to be mentioned.
The first thing we have to be fearful of is he will probably not have a .400 OBP with a walk percentage of 8.9% and just being in the 48th percentile, so if he wants to have a chance of keeping that up, he will have to walk more. Another thing to note is Bohm had a .410 BABIP, which will likely go back down to earth as well.
Even with these things said, Bohm will still very likely be a big piece to the Phillies offense in 2021 and that’s a good sign. No one is saying Bohm will be bad and especially not me, but there is a chance he regresses more to a 110 OPS+ type of player in his second year, which is still really good for a player that early into his career. A lot of good is still to come in his career.