Bohm to represent Phils in Futures Game

June 29th, 2019

MIAMI -- After being drafted as the third overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Alec Bohm -- the Phillies' top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- will get a chance to show off what he can contribute at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

This year’s Futures Game will be played at 7 p.m. ET on July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

For the first time in its history, the Futures Game will feature an American League vs. National League format, as opposed to the United States vs. International format of the last 20 years. The game also returns to a seven-inning format for the first time since 1999.

A third baseman from Wichita State, Bohm was the only member of the Phillies' organization selected for the NL roster.

“At the time, we viewed Alec as an advanced college bat, and in that sense, his performance this year has not been surprising, but it's still very good,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said of Bohm’s trajectory. “I think the fact his defense is starting to catch up to his offense is really what will help to make him a complete player.”

Bohm began the season with Class A Lakewood before moving to Class A Advanced Clearwater at the end of April.

The Omaha, Neb., native started 32 games in the field at Clearwater -- 25 at the hot corner and seven at first base. He made just two errors on 61 defensive chances at third base. In his 40 total games, Bohm had a slash line of .329/.395/.506 with 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs.

Bohm played his last game at Clearwater on June 19 before moving to Double-A Reading. He had played in seven games for the Fightin' Phils entering Sunday, going 6-for-28 (.214) with a pair of homers and six RBIs.

“Obviously, he's had an incredible first half in the batter's box,” Klentak said. “He's been at three different levels now. That’s been very encouraging, but I think the thing we've been most pleased with is his defense and the strides that he's made on defense.

“He reported to Spring Training about a month before the mandatory report date, and largely he was working on his defense, his lateral mobility -- and the advances he's made this year have been incredible. I think he’s legitimately turning himself into a two-way guy now.”

The Phillies have a potentially powerful lineup, but have struggled to find consistency at the plate recently, notching only four hits against the Marlins in Friday’s 6-2 loss. Bohm’s strong at-bats could prove to be a much-needed boost for Philadelphia in the future, if he continues to play well at Reading.

“These players will dictate their own timelines. If he continues to hit and continues to make strides defensively, he could continue to move up through the system,” Klentak said. “We also have to leave open the possibility that a lot of players hit a wall and get tired in their first pro season, and that's possible. Right now, we couldn't be more pleased with the way he's progressed, and we're very optimistic for his future.”

Bruce sits out with elbow tightness

Jay Bruce will not play the field Saturday after experiencing elbow tightness in Friday's game, according to manager Gabe Kapler. Roman Quinn started in center field, while Scott Kingery was in left.

“This was a precautionary move just to make sure that we keep him healthy and productive for the long haul,” Kapler said. “Gives Quinn some work in center field, he can use it. And it'll be nice to have both Miller and Bruce for big-leverage spots, off the bench.

“He’s fine to swing. In theory, we could have played him today, but we thought the best move was to give him an off-day and see how he comes out tomorrow.”

Kapler said he has no long-term concerns for Bruce, who has been an impact bat for the Phillies, including a walk-off three-run blast on Wednesday against the Mets. For now, the skipper said they will take it “day to day, read and react," while adding it's uncertain if Bruce will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale.