|Alec Bohm, image- Jay Floyd|
Big news out of the Phillies' developmental ranks on Tuesday as one of the organization's top prospects, Alec Bohm, was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater after a scorching April in the Sally League.
Through 22 games this season with Class A Lakewood, the 22-year-old righty hitter touted a .367 average with nine doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI.
Many people, fans and insiders alike, were surprised when Bohm opened the 2019 campaign at that level. Bohm, who is listed at six-foot-five 225 pounds, was not among that group.
"I really had no expectation as where to go (to start the season)", said Bohm. "When it came down to it, where ever they told me to go, that's where I was going."
With assignments and promotions far away from his line of thinking, Bohm was most excited for getting a taste of the full-season grind, heading into the season.
During his brief time thus far in the Phillies system, Bohm asserts that the organization has made positive impressions on him, citing a great level of satisfaction with the developmental personnel and the front office.
"They really take the time to get to know you and help develop you as a player, not just have these little cookie cutter (ideas) of what they think each player should be. They develop each player differently," Bohm stated.
On the diamond, Bohm, who was the third overall pick in last year's draft, hasn't had a tough time adjusting to the professional game to date. According to the Wichita State University product, the culture is where he's had to make the most adjustments.
"I didn't expect as much Spanish, I guess," Bohm said. "It's been fun coming into it, picking up things."
Bohm, who has played both third base and first base this season with the 'Claws, says he paired up with another well regarded Phillies prospect, Lakewood middle infielder Luis Garcia, and the two have tried to teach one another something in their native tongue each and every day this season.
He'll need to find a new study buddy with the Threshers.
Bohm is in Clearwater's lineup for his Florida State League debut on Tuesday night.
Other promotions from around the system on Tuesday saw infielder Jose Gomez, who was acquired from Colorado in the 2017 Pat Neshek trade, moving from Clearwater to Double-A Reading. Also moving from Lakewood to Clearwater is righty pitcher Colton Eastman, a 4th round pick last year. Lefty pitcher Manuel Silva, 20, will fill a void on the Lakewood roster.