With the 3rd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Philadelphia Phillies have selected Alec Bohm a third baseman out of Wichita State University.
Coming into the year scouts were divided on which of Wichita State’s top two bats was better. Greyson Jenista has a more all-around ability but an outstanding junior season was what rocketed Alec Bohm into the top 5 discussion. He manages the strike zone very well and makes consistent hard contact from the right side of the plate. He has a 55-grade hit and power tool with the only negative to his game being a 35 run grade.
Bohm has been a 3-year starter at Wichita State and has finished with a batting average above .300 each year. This season, however, has seen his on-base percentage rise up to .436 which is a 51 point jump from last season. He has walked 39 times opposed to striking out only 28 times. This year Bohm has managed to club 16 long balls.
Bohm went undrafted out of high school and has made a name for himself while playing ball at Wichita State. While his defense is still a concern, scouts project him to eventually end up playing first base as opposed to staying at the hot corner.
Bohm enters a loaded Phillies system and should be a guy that jumps into the MLB pipeline 100. He could be considered the best bat in the Phillies system almost immediately and should see the majors sometime in the next 2 or 3 years. Also noted that Bohm might have some of the best flow in the draft.