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2018 MLB Draft: The Philadelphia Phillies select Alec Bohm with the 3rd overall pick

The Phillies took a college third baseman that they have long been connected to

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With the 3rd overall pick in the draft, the Philadelphia Phillies have selected third baseman Alec Bohm from Wichita State University. In mock drafts, Bohm was projected to go 7th by ESPN and 9th by Baseball America.

Bohm is considered the best college position player who can hit for both average and power after having a tremendous junior season with the Shockers. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right-handed hitter batted .339 with 57 runs, 76 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, 55 RBI, 39 walks and nine stolen bases in 2018, a year after putting up impressive numbers in the Cape Cod League. The 21-year-old is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.

Bohm’s hitting overall can be attributed to his abilities to managing the strike zone well, making consistent hard contact and having great bat speed. As much as he can rake, Bohm’s base running and his fielding are below average, which scouts suggest that these two tools may force him to move to first base when he becomes a pro. However, his bat will be a valuable asset to the Phillies as they continue to improve their organization.

Get a look at Bohm at the plate here: