The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Alec Bohm.
The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award is Connor Brogdon.
Both awards are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James.
Previous winners of the James’ Awards were –
- 2019: Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard
- 2018: Adam Haseley and co-winners Cole Irvin and David Parkinson
- 2017: Rhys Hoskins, and co-winners Tom Eshelman and Sixto Sanchez.
This year, due to the cancellation of the minor league season, only a few minor leaguers saw action at the Phillies Alternate Training Site at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ Coca Cola Park in Allentown. Workouts were closed although scrimmages could be viewed on a local station. Limited audience viewing by invited season ticket holders was curtailed when somebody had a cow because scouts were still being denied admission across the sport by MLB.
So, the players considered for this year’s awards were the nine who played for any amount of time with the big club.
Three position players (Alec Bohm, Rafael Marchan, and Mickey Moniak) were available for the Hitters’ Award. Bohm had such a good season, I proclaimed him the winner without a vote. He should get some consideration for NL ROY. Aside from his slash of .338/.400/.481/.881 slash, 8,9% BB9, and 20.0 K9%), Bohm proved to be a clutch hitter posting .452/.519/.524/1.043 slash, 15.4%BB9, and 7.7% K9 in 52 PA (42 AB) with RISP.
Six pitchers (Ramon Rosso, Spencer Howard, Connor Brogdon, JoJo Romero, Garrett Cleavinger, and Adonis Medina) were available for the Pitchers’ Award.
Brogdon won the fan vote by a considerable margin. I think that runner-up Howard may have been hurt by the lofty expectations to which he is being held. However, I concur with Brogdon’s selection. I’m glad people saw past his initial call-up and rewarded him for the dominance he showed during his longer, second opportunity. (6 appearances, 8.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 14 K. (The hit and 2 walks occurred in the same 1.2 inning outing.) He struck out the final 6 batters he faced in his last two appearances, all against the Tampa Rays.
The voting went as follows, 167 total votes cast –
- Connor Brogdon – 126 votes, 75%
- JoJo Romero – 26 votes, 16%
- Spencer Howard – 13 votes, 8%
- Adonis Medina – 2 votes, 1%
- Ramon Rosso, no votes
- Garrett Cleavinger, no votes
Bohm, Brogdon, and Howard were the only players who received votes in the 2019 polls.
With no write-in option, there were no voting anomalies.
Participation was about double that of the previous year.