Third baseman Alec Bohm and left-handed pitcher Ethan Lindow were the recipients of the 2019 Paul Owens Award, the Phillies' top annual minor-league award given to one position player and one pitcher.
Bohm had a stellar season at three levels (Single A Lakewood, Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading), hitting .305/.378/.518 with 30 doubles, 21 home runs, 80 RBI and just 73 strikeouts. He led all Phillies minor-leaguers with an .896 OPS.
"Alec's performance on both sides of the ball across three levels, just one year removed from being selected in the draft, bodes well for his future impact in Philadelphia," assistant GM Bryan Minniti said in a statement released by the team.
There are still lingering questions as to whether Bohm, 23, can stick at third base. That will determine the path the Phillies take. If Bohm has to play first base, it could create a roster conundrum with Rhys Hoskins. If he can seize the Phillies' third base job, though, he could be ready to contribute in the majors as soon as next April and potentially make a big impact.
Lindow, 20, went 5-4 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 110⅔ innings for Lakewood and Clearwater. He struck out 119, walked just 22 and allowed only four home runs.
A fifth-round pick in 2017, Lindow was the Phillies' Minor League Pitcher of the Month in both June and July. He's primed for a move up to Reading at some point next season.
"We are very excited about the seasons that Alec and Ethan had in 2019," Minniti said. "Ethan’s ability to consistently throw strikes and miss bats, as well as his overall competitiveness allowed him to succeed as one of the youngest pitchers at both Lakewood and Clearwater.”
With Clearwater, Lindow was three years younger than the league average in the Florida State League.
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