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3rd overall pick Alec Bohm off to hot start in his first game

3rd overall pick Alec Bohm off to hot start in his first game

Just 15 days ago, Alec Bohm heard his name called by the Phillies as the third pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Today, Bohm didn't waste any time showing why the Phillies signed him for $5.85 million. In fact, he showed it on the very first pitch of the very first at-bat of his professional career.

Batting second for the GCL Phillies, Bohm ripped the first pitch he saw to right field for an RBI-triple. The hit came off Anderson Munoz, a 19-year-old pitcher in the Yankees organization. Bohm ended the game 1 for 2, reaching on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third before the game was suspended.

Bohm, 21, is coming off a big season at Wichita State, where he hit .339 with a .436 on-base percentage and 16 homers as a junior.

Last week, Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz said that Bohm will start in rookie ball with the GCL Phillies before making his way to Single-A Williamsport with the hope that he will finish the year at Single-A Lakewood, who have already clinched a spot in the South Atlantic League playoffs (see story). This is the same path Adam Haseley, the eighth overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, took last year before starting his first full season of professional baseball in Clearwater.

As a 21-year-old who played three years of collegiate baseball, it’s not unfair to expect strong production from Bohm this year, as he will be playing against competition his age or younger than him, for the most part. Two at-bats into his career, he’s already off to a good start.

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Alec Bohm got his first in-person look at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

“Definitely a hitter-friendly park,” he said. “I like it.”

A week after the Phillies selected him third overall in the draft, Bohm is signed and ready to begin his pro career. The 6-5 third baseman from Wichita State University took a round of batting practice with the Phillies before Tuesday night’s game and will head off to Clearwater in the morning.

The Phillies will try to introduce Bohm (rhymes with home) to the pro game the same way they did with outfielder Adam Haseley, last year’s first-round pick. Haseley also came out of the college ranks, the University of Virginia.

“Probably something similar,” scouting director Johnny Almaraz said. “Spend a little time in the Gulf Coast League, get some at-bats, then go over to Williamsport and get multiple at-bats there and hopefully finish up in Lakewood. Ultimately, (director of player development) Joe Jordan will have that plan once he gets to Clearwater.”

Bohm, 21, established himself as a potential first-rounder by hitting .351 (second best in the league) with five homers and 20 RBIs in the Cape Cod League last summer. He built on that and hit .339 with a .436 on-base percentage and 16 homers as a junior at Wichita State this season. Phillies officials want to build around hitters with power and plate discipline and Bohm has those qualities (see story). He had 39 walks and struck out just 28 times this season.

“Striking out, I kind of see it as a waste,” he said. “I hate striking out.”

Bohm hails from Nebraska, the same state that produced beloved Phillies Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn.

“I’ve heard of him, but don’t know much about him,” Bohm said.

Bohm will have plenty of time to read about His Whiteness on those long minor-league bus rides.

The Phillies signed Bohm for $5.85 million, under the slot value of $6.9 million assigned to the No. 3 pick. The Phillies used the extra signing bonus allotment to help sign high school shortstop Logan Simmons (sixth round) and high school catcher Logan O’Hoppe (23rd round) to over-slot deals. The Phils are close to signing high school pitcher Dominic Pipkin (ninth round).

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The Phillies kicked off the 2018 MLB draft Monday by taking Alec Bohm, a power-hitting third baseman from Wichita State (see story).

On Tuesday, they added a mix of pitchers and infielders. On Wednesday, they wrapped up with Rounds 11-40.

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Round 4, pick 107: RHP Colton Eastman
The Phillies’ second pick in the draft is a 6-3, 185-pound right-hander from Cal State Fullerton. In three seasons in college, Eastman has a 20-6 record with a 2.20 ERA. He has 253 strikeouts in 245 innings. 

During the 2018 season, Eastman is 10-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings. Eastman is not a hard thrower with his fastball sitting in the 89-92 mph range. He features a changeup and curveball as well.

Round 5, pick 137: CF Matt Vierling
This time, the Phils drafted a 6-5, 205-pound centerfielder from Notre Dame. In 2018, Vierling batted .310 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs after batting .330 with seven homers and 42 RBIs in 2017. He's considered an athletic centerfielder with above-average speed.

Round 6, pick 167: SS Logan Simmons
After selecting three college players in a row, the Phillies used their sixth-round pick on a high school shortstop. Simmons is a Georgia Tech commit with big power but also a lot of strikeouts. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder just turned 18 this past April.

Round 7, pick 197: LHP Gabriel Cotto
With their seventh-round pick, the Phillies selected lanky left-handed pitcher Cotto. Cotto is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound southpaw from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He just turned 18 last month.

Round 8, pick 227: 3B Seth Lancaster
The Phillies selected another third baseman in the eighth round when they took Coast Carolina's Lancaster. The left-handed hitting Lancaster batted .305/.454/.646 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs in 226 at-bats during the 2018 season. He also stole 23 bases and was caught only three times.

Round 9, pick 257: RHP Dominic Pipkin
The Phillies added more pitching with the selection of Pipkin out of Pinole Valley High School (California). Pipkin, a slender right-hander at 6-foot-4 and 160 pounds, committed to attend Cal prior to being selected in the draft.

Round 10, pick 287: SS Madison Stokes
The Phillies loaded up on yet another shortstop in South Carolina’s Stokes. Stokes (6-2, 200) has recorded a slash line of .331/.417/.587 in his senior season for the Gamecocks, who on Monday advanced to the Super Regionals.

Round 11, pick 317: RHP Jack Perkins

Round 12, pick 347: RHP James McArthur

Round 13, pick 377: SS Jose Mercado

Round 14, pick 407: C Jesse Wilkening 

Round 15, pick 437: RHP Daniel Carpenter

Round 16, pick 467: RHP Tyler McKay

Round 17, pick 497: LHP Keylan Killgore

Round 18, pick 527: 3B Matt Kroon

Round 19, pick 557: RHP Mark Potter

Round 20, pick 587: 3B Connor Litton

Round 21, pick 617: RHP Jake Smith

Round 22, pick 647: 3B Luke Miller

Round 23, pick 677: C Logan O'Hoppe

Round 24, pick 707: CF Corbin Williams

Round 25, pick 737: RHP Adam Cox

Round 26, pick 767: RHP Eric White

Round 27, pick 797: C Jack Conley

Round 28, pick 827: RHP Jonathan Jones

Round 29, pick 857: LHP Jaylen Smith

Round 30, pick 887: RHP Brandon Ramey

Round 31, pick 917: RHP Tyler Carr

Round 32, pick 947: OF Ben Aklinski

Round 33, pick 947: RHP Jake Kinney

Round 34, pick 1007: C Nick Matera

Round 35, pick 1037: RHP Austin Ross

Round 36, pick 1067: RHP Trent Bowles

Round 37, pick 1097: 1B Ryan Rijo

Round 38, pick 1127: RHP Stephen Jones

Round 39, pick 1157: C Mat Nelson

Round 40, pick 1187: RHP Waylon Richardson