Can Alec Bohm Become the Young Star the Phillies Have Been Missing?
The Mets have a plethora of young names helping them to sprint back into the N.L. Wild Card race. Young talent like Pete Alonso, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto all under the age of 27 along with their pitching of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman have Mets fans thinking Wild Card this year and more success moving forward.
Atlanta features pitchers Mike Soroka and Max Fried, add in Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley and future N.L MVP Ronald Acuna Jr., all under the age of 25 and the Braves have top-end talent that should keep them in the N.L. East picture for years to come.
Over in Washington, the Nats have started to build around Juan Soto, Trea Turner and Victor Robles to go with their top end pitching and Anthony Rendon. The Nats have plenty of young reasons to believe they can be a factor in the National League East.
Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola and Jean Segura are all over 26 years of age, and Scott Kingery is 25. Other than that, there isn't much youth on the current team, or in the minors that can match the top end talent the other three N.L. East teams bring to the table.
Maybe Hoskins is just overrated. If not for a historic start to his career, that excited the fans, who associate him to be that player, he has been a mediocre player with some power. Segura is a nice player, hitting .281 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI, but his numbers don't even stack up to for Phillie shortstop Freddy Galvis. The 29-year old Blue Jay is hitting .267 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in Toronto.
It seems the Phillies are littered with players who are good, but not great.
So, do the Phillies have anybody who could break in and be great? Maybe – Alec Bohm, a 23-year-old third baseman and the team’s No. 1 prospect who recently promoted to Double-A Reading, where is is having a power surge for the Fightins.
The third-pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, might just finally be a young player that can help the Phillies contend with the other young talent in the division, and they're going to need him to be.