Alec Bohm has gone from villain to fan favorite in the city of Philadelphia. It all started when the viral video of him being caught saying something along the lines of “I hate it here” during the broadcast. It was not an easy transition for Bohm from his natural position at first moving the left side of the diamond to third.
As anyone who has played at any level could tell you, it’s very different playing third base rather than first. Now imagine doing it at the pro level where the ball could be coming off of that bat at you over 100 mph. Decision making has to be just as quick as deciding whether or not to swing at a fastball.
Bohm has become the third baseman this team has been searching for. While playing him at first has allowed Edmundo Sosa to get playing time and at-bats, with the return of Darick Hall, Bohm will most likely get a lot more steady appearances at third base with the occasional first base appearance thrown in.
Regardless, Bohm adding 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason has been a game changer for him.
Bohm’s recent six-RBI game against the Washington Nationals was great to experience. Bohm has become extremely confident this season at the plate and has been consistent. Even when Bohm went out on the IL, it was uncertain as to whether or not he would pick up where he left off when he was injured. The answer was yes.
Bohm is currently batting .277 in 267 at-bats. Bohm as 74 hits with 33 runs and 54 RBI … and add nine home runs into that mix as well. Bohm currently has a OBP of .322 and OPS of .749. If Bohm continues hitting the way he has, he could end up closer to a .300 batting average than .250.
The “Day Care” has star potential and if they continue to progress the way they have been, it bodes extremely well for the Phillies moving forward.