Bohm finishes second for NL ROY Award

November 9th, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- learned Monday night that he did not win the 2020 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

His future is bright, regardless.

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench announced on MLB Network that Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams won the award with 14 first-place votes and 95 points in votes from 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Bohm and Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth tied for second with 74 points, although Bohm received nine first-place votes compared to Cronenworth’s six. Bohm appeared on 22 of 30 ballots.

Bohm missed becoming the Phillies’ first Rookie of the Year winner since Ryan Howard in 2005. Scott Rolen (1997), Dick Allen ('64) and Jack Sanford ('57) are the other Phillies to win the award.

“I think he’s the guy,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Monday morning on MLB Network.

Bohm, 24, made a strong case for himself. He batted .338 with four home runs, 23 RBIs, an .881 OPS and a 136 OPS+ in 180 plate appearances. He ranked first among NL rookies (minimum 100 plate appearances) in batting average, on-base percentage (.400), slugging percentage (.481), OPS, hits (54) and RBIs; second in runs (24) and doubles (11); and fourth in home runs and walks (16).

But Bohm made his mark in the clutch. He had a walk-off sacrifice fly to beat the Nationals on Sept. 3 and walk-off single to beat the Red Sox on Sept. 8. He batted .452 (19-for-42) with runners in scoring position. He ranked fourth among all players in baseball in Win Probability Added, which measures the change in probability caused by a batter during a game. Only Mike Yastrzemski (2.935), Freddie Freeman (2.705) and Brandon Lowe (2.407) ranked ahead of Bohm (2.287).

It was Bohm’s performance in big moments that drew raves from teammates.

“The bigger he gets, the better he gets, he’s going to be a possible MVP player for us,” Bryce Harper said in September. “I know that’s high praise, but I believe in him as a player and person. He’s been great since he came up. Great hitter. You’ll think I’m crazy, but with the long hair and the No. 28, plus he’s got a great swing, he reminds me a lot of Jayson Werth. It’s kind of that little swing in a big man’s body. His two-strike approach, the way he goes to right field and then hits homers to right and left, as well.”

“You look at him and it looks like he’s been playing ball up here for 10 years,” Zach Eflin said.

Williams went 4-1 with a 0.33 ERA in 22 appearances. He struck out 53 and walked nine in 27 innings.