Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm’s rookie year got a little more shine to it as he was nominated as a finalist for the National League’s Rookie of the Year.
Bohm, along with Jake Cronenworth of the San Diego Padres, and Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers were announced as the finalists for the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award. The race between the three projects to be close.
Bohm earned his spot in the final three by starting hot and never cooling off. The 24-year-old rookie didn’t start the season with the Phillies, but after he joined the team on August 13th his bat was one of the best on the team. In 44 games Bohm slashed .338/.400/481 with 11 doubles, 4 home runs, and added 23 RBIs. He was also more than adept in the field, with only 3 errors in 206 chances during his 429 and 1/3 innings at the position. His WAR of 0.7 was ninth-best on the Phillies.
Croneworth slashed .285/.354/.477 while adding 15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, and knocking in 20 RBIs. Croneworth also only had 3 errors in 206 chances but played every infield position. The versatility aspect of his game was impressive, as was his offensive output.
Williams, a reliever for the Brewers, allowed one earned run over his 27 innings pitched this season. The right-hander also blanked 53 batters in his 22 appearances recording an ERA of 0.33 and a 0.630 WHIP ratio.
Bohm was one of baseball’s top prospects, and it looks like the Phillies made an excellent selection taking him 3rd overall in the 2018 draft. Four Phillies have previously won the NL Rookie of the Year award. They are Ryan Howard (2005), Scott Rolen (1997), Dick Allen (1964), and Jack Sanford (1957).
The award winner will be announced on Monday, November 9th at around 6 pm on the MLB Network.