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Alec Bohm calls Spencer Howard ‘one of the best guys to have in the clubhouse’


Top prospects Spencer Howard and Alec Bohm’s paths to the big leagues have been very similar in nature. Both were drafted in the early rounds and began the 2019 season in the lower levels of the Phillies system and made the seamless transition to Double-A Reading, where they were apart of a Fightin Phils club that made the postseason.

Alec Bohm is the top Phillies position prospect. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

For the second consecutive year, Howard and Bohm were ranked the No. 1 and No. 2 with plenty of baseball news outlets debating over which one deserved the top spot. Heading into the 2020 season, both are expected to be key contributors during the shortened 2020 season without ever playing a game at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

If all goes well for the Philadelphia Phillies, the two should be teammates in the City of Brotherly Love for a long time. The fact that the pair think very highly of one another doesn’t hurt either. Bohm spoke about his teammate in his media availability over Zoom with reporters on Friday.

“I’m glad he’s on my team. That’s for sure,” Bohm said. “Spencer is one of the best guys to have in the clubhouse because he’s unfazed by a lot of things. Whether he goes out and give up five runs, which is pretty rare, but he’s the same guy in the clubhouse everyday in that regards.

“On the field, he’s electric. He’s got four pitches. He’s great to play defense behind. He’s got good pace. He’s got it going on. I like Spencer a lot.”

Howard also caught the attention of superstar teammate Bryce Harper. On Thursday night, Harper said on his Twitch stream “If Spencer Howard isn’t starting in our rotation by Game 6 in New York against the New York Yankees, there’s a problem.”

The 23-year-old right-hander said he learned about Harper’s comments in a phone conversation with his father. He listened to them on the way to the ballpark and thought it was pretty cool. Both Howard and Bohm understand that it’s in Harper’s best interest to look out for young players in the Phillies farm system. Bohm elaborates on just how much of an interest Harper takes in younger players.

“You get that feeling that he knows he’s going to be here for a while and he knows how important it is for the guys, not just me or Spencer, but everyone coming up through the organization for us to have success within the organization, not just going and spending money on guys.”

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