The Phillies just might have something in two 19-year-olds playing in the Australian Baseball League this weekend, catcher Logan O’Hoppe and first baseman Rixon Wingrove. They both homered in games this weekend to end the regular season in the ABL. O’Hoppe made the play of the year for a catcher in Saturday night’s game and we are only in the fourth weekend of January.
I always like to say, “you know it when you see it”. After watching O’Hoppe play this weekend, I have no doubt he will be a major league star some day.
In Saturday’s game, all he did was make a tag play at the plate on the backend of a double play that rivals anything I have ever seen in my many years of watching baseball. That play in and of itself was major league quality. Watch below:
Then in Sunday’s game, O’Hoppe outdid himself by back-kneeing a home run over the left field fence to get the Adelaide Giants back into the game after trailing 5-1 at the time. It looked like he hit the ball as his back knee was hitting the ground in the batters box. I have never seen such a swing before which showed his sheer strength. Watch Below:
On Saturday night, Wingrove hit a three-run, no doubt about it, blast high over the right center field fence. He finished up the regular ABL season by going 7 for 14 scoring six runs and driving in five runs in his last four games. With the playoffs starting next weekend, he was given off the last game of the regular season on Sunday. Watch below:
What a season the Giants had in recording the best record in the ABL thanks in part to the play of Logan O’Hoppe and Rixon Wingrove. They will be two players to watch in the Phillies minor league spring training camp in March. What they have done in the final weekend of the regular ABL season showed that they have the tools to go all the way to the Show!