The Phillies 2018 first round draft pick Alec Bohm always seems to receive a lot of accolades as he did on Saturday in the AFL Stars Fall Game. He scored two runs by getting on base with a hard hit single to right and a walk as his East team won the game 4-2. The MLB minor league experts rated him eight of the Top Ten performers in the game. Read HERE.
When we take a closer look at the play of Bohm in the AFL so far, some concerns keep coming up. He did hit his first homer in 13 AFL games last week. However, after a hot start he has fallen to a slash line of .327/.345/.442.
The Phillies need a third baseman of the future but he played at first base in the Stars game. He has struggled defensively at third in the AFL committing three errors in eight games for a .824 fielding percent. On the other hand, he has committed only one error for a .976 in five games at first base.
Bohm ended the regular season with Reading where he committed eight errors in 44 games at third for a .920 fielding percent. In 12 games at first he committed only one error for a .986 fielding percent.
The Phillies have been looking to replace Michael Franco at third. Franco this season committed eight errors at third but in 110 MLB games for a .970 fielding percent. The MLB fielding average for third baseman in 2019 was .962 according to Baseball Reference.
Clearly the Phillies are on the horns of a dilemma. Is Bohm a future major league third baseman or not? To me, he looks more like a first baseman of the future than a third baseman in the MLB!