A 4-7 Start to the season is not what most fans would have wanted. The Phillies’ bullpen issues, base running mistakes, and the struggles of Aaron Nola have put a cloud over the first 11 games of the season. But despite the losses, there are some bright spots in the early games. Notably the play of Nick Castellanos and Alec Bohm. Bohm already has 3 HRs to start the season to go with 14 total hits. And Nick Castellanos already has 7 doubles. Small sample sizes, but very promising. And to discuss if the two of them can continue this trend, The Best Show Ever talked to Jayson Stark.
What has Nick Castellanos looking so much better early in this season? Jayson Strark told us it begins with a much better approach at the plate.
With Nick, there is no doubt that his approach is better. 7 walks in 11 games. I think he had 7 walks in his last 70 games last year. It is a sign he is trying to make better decisions about what he swings at. I think it is safe to say he had to make a lot better decisions. So far so good on that front. He has also made a conscious effort to stop being so pull-heavy… Which is an approach that has been working… His rate of multi-hit games is double what it was last year. So a lot of good signs for him.
But as impressive as he has been, Bohm has been ever better. Bohm is hitting the ball hard all over the field, and finally showing the power his game had lacked in his first 3 seasons.
If you talk to any scout that has faced him, they predict big things for him. His lower half is so strong right now. That is where power comes form. And we are seeing it. He has always had an incredible gift to hit. But now it is resulting in so much hard contact. Among guys who have put the ball in play as many times as he has, he is first in the National League in hard hit percentage. That is pretty eye opening. If he keeps making progress like that, he has a chance to be a star.
Jayson Stark also discussed the recovery of Bryce Harper and Ranger Suarez, the Phillies base running issues, what the Phillies should do at 1st base, and more.