5 Phillies who outperformed expectations in April
Which Philadelphia Phillies players outperformed expectations in April?
April is over, and the Philadelphia Phillies have to be glad.
After all, even with their multimillion-dollar upgrades, the Phillies still went 11-11 for a perfectly middle-of-the-road month. Their only series wins came against the Oakland A’s on Opening Weekend and when they hosted and swept the Colorado Rockies last week.
But amidst the mediocrity, quite a few players shined, and it’s encouraging for May and beyond (even though the Phillies already started the new month with a frustrating loss). Here are five Phillies who really impressed and outperformed expectations in April:
Starting with the obvious, Alec Bohm looks nothing like his 2021 self, and that’s a huge compliment.
Over 20 games in April, Bohm hit .308/.365/.462 with a .827 OPS, two doubles, two home runs, 10 runs scored, and 14 driven in. He’s drawn seven walks and only struck out 10 times, an encouraging sign of improved plate discipline; his walk rate is significantly higher than it’s been in previous seasons, while his strikeout percentage is 10.7% lower than last season.
He does lead the team with three errors, but they all came in one game, so let’s call that a horrific aberration.
Of course, 20 games is a small sample size, but Bohm’s turnaround has been nothing short of remarkable, and hopefully, he only builds on this momentum going forward.