The Philadelphia Phillies have finally called up Alec Bohm.
According to a handful of sources close to the team, including that of The Athletic Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Phillies have officially called up third baseman Alec Bohm. The number one ranked prospect in the Phillies entire farm system, Bohm’s arrival into the major leagues has been something Philly fans have been dreaming about for well over a year now.
Standing at 6-5 and almost 220 lbs, Bohm is the definition of a pure power hitter. He absolutely smoked balls at all levels in the minor leagues, and has that stereotypical build of someone who should operate out of the cleanup spot.
Across three separate levels in 2019, Bohm slashed a mind-boggling .305/.378/.518. He knocked in 80 RBIs, 30 doubles, four triples, and launched 21 home runs. He’s repeatedly been labeled as the Phillies best overall hitting prospect since the Ryan Howard/Chase Utley/Jimmy Rollins days.
The major drawback when it comes to Bohm is his apparent lack of fielding capabilities, however, with the newly introduced designated hitter rule in the National League, that should no longer be a problem. On top of that, it’s not like Jean Segura has been lighting it up defensively at third base, so it’s hard to believe Bohm could be too much worse.
Bohm projects to be a middle order of the bat right away for the Phillies, and slotting him in at the five hole behind JT Realmuto seems like a perfect spot for him as he gets adjusted to the speed of the major league game. As he gets more and more comfortable, moving him up into the four spot as he molds into the Phillies next great slugging cleanup hitter seems like the appropriate move.
Following back to back losses to the Orioles, the Phillies desperately needed a boost, and calling up Bohm does just that. At the very least, some of the players in the Phillies clubhouse should get excited and start to play with a tad more energy than usual moving forward.