It seems more and more likely that free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto will play the 2021 with the team who pays him the most money and good for him. The Phillies have an excellent crop of young catching prospects in the pipeline ready to take over, if Realmuto decides to move on.
Just yesterday, 20-year-old Abraham Gutierrrez hit a grand slam home run in the Phillies 9-0 win over the Tigers. A 6’2″ right handed hitter caught last season with Lakewood where he hit .269 with four homers. Gutierrez was signed by the Phillies after MLB ruled that he was signed illegally with other international players by the Braves in 2017. Read HERE .
Another top catching prospect is Logan O’Hoppe. O’Hoppe finished up the 2019 season by playing in the Australian Baseball League where he was voted to the Player’s Choice Team of the Year. Read HERE.
O’Hoppe just turned 20-years-old last month and has just reported with he catchers and pitchers to the Phillies minor league camp. He played last season with Williamsport in the New York-Penn League. He hit .357 in 14 at bats in the ABL playoffs and .258 (.872 OPS) with five homers in 89 at bats during the regular ABL season.
Yesterday, we went over to the Carpenter Complex to watch the Phillies minor league catchers and pitchers in fielding practice. O’Hoppe stood literally head and shoulders above the rest of the catchers in pop-up drills.
Even without J.T. Realmuto, based on what happened yesterday, Phillies catching looks to be in good hands in the next few years with a pair of two, 20 year-olds, Abrahan Gutierrez and Logan O’Hoppe.