We saw last night the future of Phillies baseball unfold before our very eyes. 21 year-old catcher Logan O’Hoppe tacked on three more runs with three-run homer into the bullpen in left. In the bottom of the ninth, after the Yankees scored six runs in the top of the inning to tie the game at 12-12, 20 year-old Johan Rojas went with the pitch and singled to right to score the walk-off winning run to win it 13-12.
What a game it was. We always stay around for the last three innings of spring training games. Those game tell us a lot about the team’s future stars. We found out just who they will be last night.
Yes, the Phillies signed catcher J.T. Realmuto for the next five years but do not be surprised if he is not the starting catcher for all those games. O’Hoppe has impressed us with his hitting, catching and leadership skills.
On the other hand, Rojas has won great reviews from just about all followers of the minor league system but until last night he had yet to show much of it on the field. He clearly earned his rave reviews with two stolen bases two hits and his walk off RBI.
We can see Rojas in centerfield and O’Hoppe splitting time with Realmuto behind the plate and first base over the next five years.