J.T. Realmuto is nearing an end to his brief Phillies career. Only 35 games remain in the Phillies 2020 regular season. If they do not make the post season, he becomes a free agent at the end of the regular season. It appears he will sign with the highest bidder since he wants to be the highest paid catcher in baseball. That might not be with the Phillies!
Yesterday, we saw how important Realmuto is to the Phillies. His three-run homer was important in the Phillies 8-3 win over the Nationals. MLB leader in homers, Fernando Tatis, has hit 12 round trippers but in 33 more at bats than Realmuto. J.T.’s nine home runs leads all catchers in the MLB. The next highest catchers have hit only five long balls each so far this season.
Also yesterday, the heir apparent as the next great Phillies catcher, 20 year-old Logan O’Hoppe, showed he will soon be ready to take over. He hit a two-run homer and a double in an intrasquad game at the Alternate camp in Allentown.
O’Hoppe is putting up some interesting numbers at the Alternative camp considering the highest level he has played was only in the NewYork-Penn League with Williamsport last season. His two extra base hits yesterday came off a lefty and righty both of whom have already pitched with the Phillies in the MLB this season.
O’Hoppe has shown he is simply the best 20 year-old catcher in baseball right now!