No more 3:30 am first pitch games from a place 16 time zones ahead of us watching here in Florida. The Phillies baseball season is finally over. Thank goodness for that! It ended with an Adelaide Giants 6-2 defeat on Saturday night to a veteran dominated, Melbourne Aces.
The Giants, with five Phillies minor league players on it roster, lost the best-of-three Australian Baseball League Championship Series, two games to none. The last game was played in Adelaide, South Australia where the Giants had gone 19-3 this season.
What we did learn is that Logan O’Hoppe is already a major league caliber catcher. He turns 20-years-old on Sunday but showed poise and leadership behind the plate. He caught four of the five playoffs games. In those games, he hit .357 (5 for 14) with three walks and three runs scored.
It was watching him catch that impressed us the most. His blocking and pitch framing stood out. Only twice did the opponents try steal on him in his four playoff games. He threw a strike to second base to catch one of the runners attempting to steal with the outcome of the game still in doubt in the eight inning in the first game of the finals.
From our vantage point, O’Hoppe is ready to move up quickly in the Phillies system after finishing the 2019 season with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League. He showed all the tools of a major league catcher in the ABL this season. He deserves a to be called over to the Phillies major league camp this spring to catch in a Grapefruit League game or two at the very least. He is ready for the show right now!