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Minor-league week in review: Alec Bohm heats up ahead of final series


Alec Bohm is currently with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (Cheryl Pursell)

In a season filled with struggle and disappointment for Alec Bohm, the runner-up in last year’s National League Rookie of the Year voting has found some late success near the end of the minor-league season.

The 25-year-old put together a productive series in which he hit his first Triple-A home run last week, despite his Lehigh Valley IronPigs dropping four of five games against the Buffalo Bisons at Sahlen Field.

The IronPigs fell to 53-70 on the season with one series remaining. They’ll take on the visiting Worcester Red Sox for five games starting Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park, closing their season on Sunday afternoon.

Bohm went 0-for-4 as Lehigh Valley won its first game of the series in Buffalo 3-0 last Wednesday, but he started rolling at the plate from there in four consecutive losing efforts. He picked up a hit on Thursday to start a quick four-game hitting streak.

Friday, Bohm went 1-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly. He followed that with a 3-for-5 performance as he singled, doubled and homered for the first time as an IronPig. He capped the series with a two-hit day, hitting a single and a double. In five games, Bohm went 7-for-23 with four extra-base hits and a sac fly while splitting time between third base and first base.

Bohm had previously struggled in three games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the series prior as he returned to the lineup on Sept. 17 from a hand injury he suffered against the same team on Aug. 29. He was sent to Lehigh Valley at the start of that last series in August. Bohm is hitting .268/.354/.411 with a home run and five doubles in 14 games since then.

His demotion stemmed from a lackluster sophomore season with the Phillies in comparison to his stellar rookie campaign. He batted .338 in 44 games in the majors last season, but slashed just .245/.302/.342 in 111 games with 16 fielding errors in 2021.

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  1. Martin Bryant

    September 28, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    I hope he comes around and gets his old form back but this (7-23 with 4xbh at AAA) is sort of “warms up” not “heats up”. Very promising but I’m not ready to bench Miller or Galvis in the pennant chase.

  2. Marc Steinberg

    September 28, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I would like to see him play Winter Ball, and get reps in left field. I think going forward, it may be the best defensive position for him.

    • Martin Bryant

      September 28, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      We could lose McCutchen to free agency and Stott is coming up pretty fast at 3rd or short. I agree that I”d like to see Bohm (or Kris Bryant) in LF, Stott on 3rd and Galvis or Torreyes (I like Torreyes) at short. (and yes, I think we should trade Didi for whatever we can get).

  3. Martin Bryant

    September 28, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    He’s baaaack.. Phillies called him up today for the final roadtrip.

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