You really have to hope that Alec Bohm packs light. After opening the season in Lakewood, he quickly moved to Clearwater and is moving again after being promoted to Double-A Reading on Thursday. Bohm, the Phillies first-round pick in last year’s draft, has hit at every stop this season and there are no guarantees that he won’t be sticking around Reading too long.
With Lakewood, Bohm hit 3-11-.367/.441/.595 in his first 22 games of the season. From there, he hit 4-27-.329/.395/.506 in 40 games at Clearwater to make him a combined 7-38-.342/.411/.536 in 62 games and has shown impressive plate discipline by drawing 29 walks while striking out just 35 times on the season. Last summer, Bohm played in 40 games, all with short-season teams, and hit a combined 0-17-.252/.335/.324 in the Gulf Coast and New York – Penn leagues.
After playing all of his games at third base last season, Bohm, 22, has played 12 games at first base this season to go with his 29 games at third in 2019. He’s shown the defensive ability to play either position, but will likely spend most of his time at third base with Reading, replacing Austin Listi, who was promoted to Lehigh Valley at roughly the same time Bohm went to Reading.
Listi, 25, was the Phillies 17th round pick in 2017 and has taken a somewhat more methodical, but still persistent trip up the minor league ladder. In his first professional season, Listi reached Low-A Lakewood and then played at both Clearwater and Reading last season before returning to Reading for the 2019 season.
Listi’s arrival at Lehigh Valley could make things a little interesting defensively. Mitch Walding has been the main fixture at third for the IronPigs, but the former hot prospect has stalled offensively with Lehigh Valley and is only hitting 9-29-.203/.350/.385 with Lehigh Valley this season. Listi and Walding can also both play at first base. Prior to this season, Listi has also seen some time in both left and right field in the minors.
Offensively, Listi got off to a poor start to the season, but has picked up the pace of late, warranting the promotion to Triple-A. Listi came into May hitting just .091 with Reading, but raised that to .179 with a solid month of May when he hit 3-18-.247/.356/.416 and then followed that up by batting 4-13-.328/.406/.552 in 19 games this month with the Fightins.
On Thursday, the Phillies released utility player Damek Tomscha and infielder Gift Ngoepe, both of whom has played with Lehigh Valley all season. The moves made room for Nick Williams to join the team after being optioned out by the Phillies and for Tyler Gilbert to come off the IL after recovering from a hamstring injury that cost him a little over a month of the season. The Phillies will need to make another move prior to Friday night’s game in Columbus to add Listi to the Lehigh Valley roster.