If the Australian Baseball League Championship Series goes the full three games, Adelaide Giant’s catcher Logan O’Hoppe will no longer be one of the best young teenage prospects in baseball. He turns 20-years old on Sunday when the final game is scheduled. Right now, he and Rixon Wingrove, who will not turn 20 until May, are two of the best teenage players in baseball.
O’Hoppe has had a strong season in the ABL hitting .258 (.872 OPS) with five homers and 18 RBIs in 89 at bats in the regular season. He went 3 for 7 in the semi-final round. Wingrove’s strength has been hitting with runners in scoring position. With RISP, he hit .286 (.879 OPS) with two homers and 20 RBIs in the regular season. He had two big RBI singles in semi-final round driving in three runs. A left-handed bat, both of his hits were against left handed pitching. Read more about Wingrove, HERE.
The first game of the best of three Championship round will take place in Melbourne. The game starts at 3:00 A.M. Friday morning for those of us in the Eastern time zone. See HERE and HERE. It remains to be seen if O’Hoppe will be the Giants starting catcher. He entered Game 1 of the semi-final round as a pinch-hitter for the DH. He caught both of the Adelaide wins in Games 2 and 3.
Watch O’Hoppe and Wingrove home runs in the Final series of the regular season below:
Note: Wingrove’s homer is about half way through this highlight reel: