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Phillies sign Bohm; 20 of 38 picks signed

Alec Bohm didn’t take long to agree to a deal with the Phillies after they drafted him with the third overall pick in last week’s draft. Bohm and the Phillies agreed to a $5.85-million deal, under the slot amount of $6.9-million for the third overall pick in the draft.

The Phillies then put that extra money to sign high school players for above slot money, which was enough for those players to choose signing with the Phillies over starting their college careers. Sixth round pick Logan Simmons, a high school shortstop, was signed by the Phillies as was pitcher Domonic Pipkin (sixth round) and catcher Logan O’Hoppe (23rd round).

Bohm was introduced to the media and took batting practice at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

“I’m very excited and just very grateful for the opportunity to be a Phillie,” said Bohm. “I’m ready to get going.”

In three seasons of college ball at Wichita State, Bohm hit 33-125-.317/.393/.548 with 77 walks in 166 games. In addition to his offensive skills and raw power, Bohm was touted for his defensive skills at third base. Scouts have varied opinions on whether he can stick at that position long-term, but Bohm is hopeful that he can.

“I’ve worked a lot at third base. That’s where I want to play,” stressed the 21-year old. “But at the end of the day, I will play wherever they tell me to.”

The initial plan is to have Bohm start the year in the Gulf Coast League and move up quickly enough so that he can finish the season at low-a Lakewood. That’s basically the same path that last year’s pick, Adam Haseley, took in his first professional season.

The Phillies had just eight picks in the first eight rounds and have been able to sign all of those picks. In addition to signing Simmons, the Phillies have also signed the following players from their first eight picks: RHP Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton), OF Matt Vierling (Notre Dame), P Gabriel Cotto (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy), SS Seth Lancaster (Coastal Carolina) and SS Madison Stokes (North Carolina).

The short-season leagues in the Gulf Coast League and New York-Penn League begin play on Friday.

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