By Sam Bush
As disappointed as Phillies fans are to not make the 16-team playoffs, the rooks offer more than a little solace:
Corner infielder Alec Bohm is a strong candidate for NL Rookie of the Year and should be a fixture in the top or middle part of the lineup for years. Bohm hit .338 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 44 games.
Right-hander Spencer Howard was 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA in six starts but he’s shown potential to be a key part of the starting rotation.
Lefty JoJo Romero had a 7.59 ERA in 12 relief appearances but also had several impressive outings.
Righty Connor Brogdon had a 3.97 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.