Phillies invite Alec Bohm, Spencer Howard, 13 others to spring training

Phillies invite Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard to spring training.
A pair of prized prospects in Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard highlight a list of 15 minor leaguers that received invites Monday to participate in spring training next month with the Phillies.

Major-league camp opens in Clearwater, Fla. on Feb. 11.

Bohm, a third baseman, and Howard, a right-handed starter, rank as the top two prospects in the Phillies' farm system respectively, according to MLBPipeline.com. Both prospects are expected to reach Philadelphia during the 2020 season, though it's unlikely they'll leave camp with the team.

The Phillies also invited former No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak, left-handed pitchers Kyle Dohy, Tyler Gilbert, Damon Jones, and Zach Warren; right-handed pitchers Connor Brogdon, Ramon Rosso, and Addison Russ; first basemen Darick Hall and Austin Listi; catcher Henri Lartigue; shortstop Nick Maton; and infielder/outfielder Luke Williams.

Selected by Baseball America as the Phillies’ No. 9 prospect for 2020, Moniak batted .252 with 28 doubles, 13 triples, 11 home runs, 67 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 63 runs scored as a 21-year-old with double-A Reading in 2019. He was named an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star, leading the league in triples while ranking second in extra-base hits (52) and total bases (204) and tied for fourth in RBI.

Bohm slashed .305/.378/.518 with 30 doubles, 21 home runs and 80 RBI for single-A Lakewood, single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading last year. He was first among all Phillies minor leaguers (min. 375 PA) in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. He also was a midseason All-Star in the Florida State League.

Howard, 23, was named the club’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America following his 2019 season in which he made 15 starts overall, posting a 2.03 ERA and 0.83 WHIP while averaging 11.92 strikeouts per nine innings.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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