It’s been a good offseason for watching Phillies prospects play. The young talent is definitely there!
Spencer Howard was being himself as a dominating pitching in the Arizona Fall League. Another starter, Connor Seabold, was surprisingly dominating in the AFL, too.
The Australia Baseball League showed off some Phillies young talent as well. Big lefty bat and RBI machine for the Adelaide Giants, Rixon Wingrove, looks like a keeper at first base. Tall lefty Josh Hendrickson, a 38th round draft pick in 2019, shocked everybody by averaging better than a strikeout an inning in four ABL starts for the Perth Heat . The Phillies even “wheeled and dealed” to give up ABL talent by trading away infielder Curtis Mead for a left handed pitcher from the Rays system.
For us, the most fun in the off season has been watching Adelaide catcher and Phillies top young catching prospect, Logan O’Hoppe. The soon to be 20-year-old put on quite a dominating performance last weekend to end regular season in the ABL. All he did was make a great play on the backend of a double play by catching a throw from second base. He had to play high above the plate to catch it. In one continuous motion he finished off the DP by tagging the runner before he slide across the plate in Saturday’s game.
Then, on Sunday, O’Hoppe homered high over the left field fence by finishing up his swing on his back knee to maintain balance while squaring up the pitch down in the strike zone.
We just read that the Orioles have invited the overall No. 1, 2019 Draft pick, catcher Adley Rutschman, to their major league spring training camp. He hit .254 with four homers in 37 games across three levels as a rookie.
We believe Logan O’Hoppe might be one of the best second-year catching prospects in baseball after hitting .258 with five homers in only 28 games this offseason in the Australian Baseball League. He was a 23rd round draft pick in 2018.
Hasn’t O’Hoppe done enough to score an invite to the Phillies major league spring training camp to play in at least a game or two with the big team?