5 Bold predictions for the 2022 Phillies

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 18: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 18, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 18: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 18, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Philadelphia Phillies infielder Alec Bohm (28) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Alec Bohm will have a major bounce-back season

New Phillies hitting coach Kevin Long comes to the organization with the distinction of totally transforming Kyle Schwarber’s swing last year.

Schwarber had arguably the best season of his career, and his performance (including 16 home runs in18 games in June) is something the Phillies are definitely hoping Long can do for struggling hitters, especially Alec Bohm.

Bohm was the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2020 but struggled immensely in 2021. By the second half of the season, he was benched and sent to Triple-A.

But there are a few signs that Bohm will turn things around in 2022. Bohm had a higher percentage of hard-hit balls in his sophomore season, up to 49.8% from 46.8%. His hits had a higher exit velocity, too, up to 92 mph from 90.2.

There’s a lot of room for improvement, but there’s also reason to believe Bohm can be a major contributor to the team in 2022.

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