|Alec Bohm, image- Jay Floyd|
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After entering the 2018 MLB draft as one of the most advanced college hitters on the board, Alec Bohm was selected with the third overall pick by the Phillies. Swiftly, he made a name for himself as one of baseball's fastest rising prospects.
A collegiate second team All-American, Bohm batted .339 with 14 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs and 55 RBI while swiping nine bags in 57 games in his junior season for Wichita State in 2018. He notched 24 multi-hit games during his campaign that year.
Overall in three seasons with the Shockers, Bohm batted .317 with 33 homers, 125 RBI and a .941 OPS in 166 total games. He was one of the top ranked college hitters heading into last year’s draft.
After debuting as a pro, the righty hitting Bohm would tally a .343 batting average with a double, a triple and five RBI in 11 games in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League. Additionally, up a level with Class A short-season Williamsport, the six-foot-five 240-pounder would notch a .224 average with five doubles, a triple and 12 RBI in 29 games.
He missed roughly a month of action during the 2018 minor league season after being hit in the left leg by a pitch, but following the regular season, Bohm participated in the Florida Instructional League and was among the first players to arrive for spring training in Clearwater.
In 2019, Bohm opened the season with Class A full-season Lakewood and didn't last a full month there before he was promoted. In 22 games with the BlueClaws, the slugger tallied a .367 average with three homers and 11 RBI.
By late April, Bohm moved up to Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he continued to thrive. In 40 games with the Threshers, he sported a .329 batting average with four homers and 27 RBI.
In mid-June another promotion came for Bohm. In 63 games with Double-A Reading he would bat .269 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI.
Honored as the Phillies' top minor league position player last year, Bohm won the Paul Owens Award, which is given to the team's top position player and top pitcher in the developmental ranks each season.
During the off-season, Bohm torched the prestigious Arizon Fall League. In 19 games with Scottsdale, the 23-year-old batted .361 with six doubles, a pair of home runs and 12 RBI.
Bohm, who grew up as a Yankees fan, is said to have a top notch work ethic and is described by his coaches as a student of the game. His wonderful bat speed and outstanding power give him potential to be an impact bat at the big league level.
At the plate, Bohm has great at bats, drawing walks and keeping strike outs to a minimum.
Defensively, Bohm has seen plenty of time at first base, including during his AFL stint but he remains primarily a third baseman. The dual duty simply present some versatility for the organization that could allow the team to get his highly touted bat into their lineup more swiftly and/or more often when the time comes.
Speed won't be a key factor of this big masher's game, though he has been successful in nine of 13 stolen base attempts in his pro career to date.
Despite early success at the plate in big league spring training this year, look for Bohm to open the 2020 regular season at the Triple-A level. He's got an estimated time of arrival for the big leagues looking close to "much sooner rather than later".
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