Prospect Countdown #72 : Jeff Boehm

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #72 : First Baseman, Jeff Boehm (photo : Brian Philbrick / Facebook)

Jeff Boehm, First Baseman

HT : 6'1
WT : 195
DOB : November 4, 1992 (23), in Lansing, Illinois
Throws : Left
Bats : Left
School : University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Acquired : Drafted in 13th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


After being told he should leave a strong program like Kentucky, things could have fallen apart for Jeff Boehm. Instead, he took the collegiate world by storm and earned himself a high draft selection from the Los Angeles Angels. With the tools to become something unique with the Angels, he is someone to begin taking notice of.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Boehm averages out with the five tools in baseball, and has an upside for possibly more in some of those tools. Primarily, his power tool. He drives with his legs and uses a near uppercut swing to lift the ball with ease. As he continues to grow physically, more power should come.

Boehm needs to make some tweaks to his swing, to gain a full follow through and drive the ball better. That is said, with the knowledge that he already has the ability to drive the ball with line drive power, but his finishing touches need some minor work.

The lefty has a good approach at the plate, allowing the ball to get deep in the zone where he can drive the ball to all fields. He makes consistent contact, and rarely chases, due to his strong knowledge of the strike zone.

Boehm has great athleticism, which brings up the question; why is he playing first base? Not that athleticism isn't needed to be a first baseman, but he's very athletic, has decent speed and an absolute cannon of an arm (90+ MPH). It wouldn't surprise us if he made the move to the corner outfield sometime in the next year.

As mentioned above, Boehm has at least average speed, if not better. He takes long strides, and gains every bit of his lower half when rounding the base paths. With grinding abilities, he could be a threat to steal double digit bases, and also make the move to the outfield with ease.

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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Boehm still holds the program record at Mt. Carmel High School for home runs at 24, and set a single-season batting average record of .491 during his junior year. He spent his first two years of collegiate ball at Kentucky before transferring to UI-Chicago.

Boehm's senior season was one for the record books, as he led the Flames in batting average (.374), hits (74), doubles (16), home runs (14), RBI (67) and walks (37). He ranked eighth in the nation with a .687 slugging percentage, and earned Horizon Conference Player of the Year honors after winning the conference's triple crown with 14 home runs, a .374 average and 67 RBI, which was only matched by three other played across the nation.

Boehm finished his first professional season with a .306/.385/.435 slash along with 19 doubles, 45 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Boehm collected 16 of his 19 doubles over a 41-game stretch from late June to mid August, where he hit .357 with a .945 OPS, while striking out just 13.3% of his plate appearances.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

As mentioned above in the scouting report, we'd really like to see Boehm become more versatile as a corner outfielder and first baseman. He just recently turned 23-years-old, which means he'd be around average age in Single-A. Whether he makes the leap to High-A will be determined in Spring Training.

Boehm could become a special bench piece for the Angels in the future. Of course, there's distance between where he is and the Major Leagues, where he'll need to develop well. With that said, it's nowhere out of the question that he could become just that after excelling at the upper levels of the minors, a Major Leaguer.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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