Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski held his first offseason press conference on Wednesday. Over the course of the press conference, Dombrowski addressed what maligned the team as well as outlining a plan to address them this winter.
Undoubtedly, third baseman Alec Bohm's name came up in conversation. Bohm was expected to be the everyday third baseman during the 2021 MLB season after a breakout rookie year in 2020. However, his defensive and offensive struggles became too much.
The third baseman was ultimately sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on August 22, before returning in late September. That move prompted plenty of speculation about his future with the team and how he fits into the plans.
On Wednesday, Dombrowski stated that he would like Bohm to be the Opening Day third baseman and is currently in Clearwater, Fl. working on his craft at the hot corner.
With a plethora of holes to fill on the roster to include shortstop, closer, and a rotation spot, Bohm will be depended on to right the ship. When Bohm feels comfortable, he hits well and that is why the Phillies will take their chances.
His defense needs work, but if he can hit for power consistently then the team may be able to overlook those shortcomings.
The end of the 2021 season saw the third base position being platooned by two bench players in Ronald Torreyes and Freddy Galvis. While they performed well at times, the position needs to have an everyday player manning it. Bohm will hopefully figure it out this offseason and have a bounce back campaign come 2022.
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