The Phillies scouts were right that the 2018 first round draft pick Alec Bohm can hit but his fielding at third remains an issue. In the Arizona Fall League, he committed 4 errors in only 10 games at third base but was second in the league in batting average hitting .361.
In last night’s game in the Premier12 Olympic qualifying tournament played in Guadalajara, Mexico, Bohm went 3 for 4 with a homer and a double. He scored two runs and drove in three runs to lead Team USA to a 10-8 win over the Dominican Republic. However, he made a key error in the second inning resulting in two unearned runs.
Bohm teamed with a former Philly catcher Erik Kratz at the bat for the win which sent the team to Tokyo, Japan for a spot next week in the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 tournament. Kratz also homered in the game, read HERE.
Only non 40-man MLB roster players are eligible to play in the Olympics. Team USA is attempting to qualify in Baseball for the up coming 2020 games in Japan.
The real question is whether or not Bohm can make it as a third baseman with the Phillies. No question he can hit but his third base play is making it more and more likely he will be moved to first base when he is eventually placed on the Phillies major league roster.
In the recently concluded AFL season according to Baseball Reference, Bohm played 85 innings at third and committed 4 errors for an .810 fielding percent. In 71 innings at first he was charged with only 1 error for a .985 fielding percent.
The Phillies are looking for a third baseman of the future but Alec Bohm might not be the one!