Alec Bohm for National League Rookie of the Year
We Phillies fans need something to root for, so I’m promoting Alec Bohm for NL Rookie of the Year.
Maybe if Bohm had been on the roster at the beginning of the season, they would’ve made the playoffs. After all, they finished just one game out. Bohm got so many big hits, he could’ve been responsible for extra wins if he’d played close to 60 games.
As it was, he ended up easily leading the Phillies in line-drive hits, with significantly fewer at-bats than many of his teammates. And Bohm would’ve been fourth in the league in batting average, but fell just short of qualifying.
Here is how Bohm compares to his chief competitors for ROY:
His .338 batting average is way ahead of any other rookies with more than 100 at-bats. San Diego second baseman Jake Cronenworth, who was on fire in August, finished at .285.
Bohm leads in hits with 54, is second in doubles with 11 and second in runs scored with 24. He leads in OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) at .881 and is tied for first with four home runs.
There are also some pitchers who deserve consideration.
The Dodgers’ Dustin May went 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 56 innings; Milwaukee’s Devin Williams struck out 53 batters in 27 innings while giving only eight hits. His ERA, out of the Brewers’ bullpen, was a microscopic 0.33.
I hope the Phils’ disappointing season doesn’t hurt Bohm in the voting. He did everything in his power to drag the team into the playoffs. I think he’s the best hitter the franchise has produced since Chase Utley, capable of hitting for average and (eventually) power.
I look forward to seeing Bohm as the centerpiece of the lineup – our Freddie Freeman, perhaps? – for years to come.