The Phillies selected Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm with the third overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft this evening. Bohm’s 6’4, 240-pound frame is atypical for a third baseman, and there is some concern about his ability to stick at the position as he rises through the Phillies’ system. He committed 14 errors there this past season, but his elite offensive profile means his bat should still play well should he ultimately need to move across the infield to first base.
Who knows? Maybe his defense won’t even matter. Maybe the Phillies will just stick him out in left field when he arrives at the Major League level without any real development time or grooming.
Nah. They would never do that…
Bohm’s draft stock soared last summer with a dominant performance in the Cape Cod League before posting an impressive .339 average with 14 doubles and 16 home runs during his junior year with the Shockers. He is a disciplined hitter that can work counts, a trait that seemingly meshes with the organization’s preference to find hitters that can run deep counts and are willing to work walks. He had more walks (39) than he did strikeouts (28) in 2018.
Here’s MLB Network’s breakdown of his game:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 4, 2018
I won’t sit here and act like I watched anything more than Bohm’s profile footage on MLB Network and some brief scouting profile videos over the last week or so. The idea of Bohm seems good, in theory, but teams often misfire on top picks, but Phillies’ amateur scouting director Johnny Almaraz definitely has high hopes for him:
Phillies amateur scouting director Johnny Almaraz: “Alec Bohm is a tremendous offensive player. He is a middle of the order bat, a big power-hitting third baseman who could be a .300 hitter and drive in 100-plus runs. We are thrilled to have selected him.”
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) June 4, 2018
As for me, I have no idea, so allow me to leave you with this rather simple take:
Before you get on the “Can’t wait for Bohm to replace Franco” thing—he may not play there.
At the same time, can’t wait for Bohm to replace Franco.
— BWanksCB (@BWCrossingBroad) June 4, 2018