The early prospect line is in on Reading’s third baseman Alec Bohm, Williamsport’s shortstop Bryson Stott and second baseman Logan Simmons. The morning line says they might hit with power but can they all field at a major league level?
The Phillies No. 1 picks in the last two drafts, Bohm and Stott hit .308 with 4 homers and .400 with 3 homers respectively in their last ten games. A 6th round pick in the 2018 draft, Simmons hit .290 with 3 homers in his last ten games.
Fielding is a different story. Bohm has struggled defensively at third for Reading. He has committed 7 errors in 81 chances in 32 start for a .914 fielding percent. That will not get it done at the MLB level! Stott is yet to commit an error in 77 chances in 21 games at shortstop for Williamsport. Simmons has committed only one error in 69 chances for a .986 fielding percent in 17 games at second base for Williamsport.
The recent Phillies player development requirement has players starting at multiple positions. This season, Bohm has started 7 games at first. Stott made his debut last night at third base in addition to starting an earlier game at second. Simmons has started 11 games at third and 6 at short so far this season.
Bohm seems to be a future first baseman. In his games at first base for Reading he has yet to be charged with an error in 46 chances. Overall at first base, including his time this season with Lakewood and Clearwater, he has been charged with only one error at first in 147 chances for a .993 fielding percent.
The Phillies would appear to have a decision to make sooner than later on Bohm, whether or not to give him even more playing time at first or keep him primarily at third. Of course, that might mean eventually trading Bohm or current Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
If Bohm, Stott and Simmons would ever play together in the same Phillies infield, it is more likely than not, it would be Bohm at first, Simmons at second and Stott at short. Though no doubt the Phillies hope that their former middle infielder of the future, Luis Garcia, can get over the Mendoza Line hitting and cut down on his errors fielding with Lakewood.