Two of our favorite Phillies minor league prospects, catchers Logan O’Hoppe and Henri Lartigue, were added to the 60-man player pool. This makes them eligible to play for them in the 2020 MLB season.
The Phillies have been hard hit by the COVIDE 19 Protocol. Seven of their players are currently in the Protocol with a hoped for quick return to the active roster including non-roster, veteran catcher Christian Bethancourt .
They had initially only three other catchers listed on the 60-man roster MLB. No. 1 catcher J.T. Realmuto is eligible to become a free agent at the end of this season. The moves give great learning opportunities for the 20 year-old O’Hoppe and the 25 year-old Lartigue, even if they do not get into a MLB game.
We watched O’Hoppe play on the Internet in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Giant in the recent offseason. He had a great season “down under” particularly hitting with runners in scoring position. He put up a 1.078 OPS with three homers and 15 RBIs in 31 at bats plus 12 walks in 28 games with RISP. In the ABL post season he hit .357 (5 for 14 and 3 walks) in five games.
We watched switch-hitting Lartigue play for the Clearwater Threshers in the 2018 season. He was Mr. Sunday. In Sunday games at Spectrum Field that season, we watched him hit two game-winning homers including a walk-off. Read and watch HERE.
The 60-game MLB schedule is expected to be announced on Monday. The Phillies do have catching depth with O’Hoppe and Lartigue waiting in the wings as either the 4th 0r 5th catcher on the Phillies depth chart as things now stand in these uncertain times.