There it was. A chance to say the Phillies finally got it right on a No. 1 draft pick. It was not to be as Alec Bohm took a called third strike with two outs and the tying run on second base in the eight inning in last night’s must win game.
Team USA lost 2-1 against the Australian team in the Super Round of the Premier12 Olympic qualifying tournament. Read HERE.
Team USA will likely need another opportunity to go to play Olympic baseball in another Olympic qualifying tournament in March but for Phillies fans right now it’s all about Alec Bohm. In some games he looks like a No. 1 draft pick but not last night. In the previous Premier12 game Bohm went 2 for 5 with a double and scoring two runs to go with his RBI as Team USA downed host Japan 4-3 . In six Premier12 tournament games he is 6 for 23 with 3 doubles, a homer and 4 RBIs.
Bohm hit well in the Arizona Fall League where he was second in the league in hitting with a .361 batting average but had only 9 RBIs in 72 at bats. This was good enough for 20th place in the AFL in RBIs.
Fielding at third base is not one of Bohm’s strong points. In six Premier12 games he has been charged with one error in 14 chances for a .929 fielding percent at third. His error in an earlier game eventually resulted in two unearned runs. Prior to this tournament, in ten AFL starts at third base, he committed four errors for a .810 fielding average. He started eight AFL games at first and he committed only one error for a .985 fielding percent.
In the 2019 regular season with three different Phillies farm teams, he committed 12 errors in 83 games for a .935 field percent at third base. At first base in 24 games he committed only 2 errors for a .989 fielding percent.
It’s increasingly looking like Alec Bohm is grading out as a low pressure but good hitting first baseman at the major league level. Not particularly what the Phillies need right now!