The new minor league season is based on 20 weeks of six-game series against the same team. The fifth week was just completed on Sunday and two Phillies prospects with Jersey Shore had a series against the Brooklyn Cyclones to remember.
Catcher Logan O’Hoppe and right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz both took off in June. O’Hoppe hit .500 going 9 for 18. Ortiz hit .348 going 8 for 23.
O’Hoppe hit .211 in May but raised his average to .270 for the season. Ortiz hit .235 in May but raised his average for the season to .259 after just the first week in June.
In Sunday’s game, the BlueClaws hit five home runs with each hitting one long ball a piece. For the season O’Hoppe now has four homers and Ortiz five.
This coming week will be the tale of the tape. Can they keep up their dramatic hitting after slow starts start in May?
In our opinion O’Hoppe is the Phillies catcher of the future and Ortiz could fill the void in left field after Andrew McCutchen’s contract is up.
O’Hoppe reminds me of the Giants catcher Buster Posey. His swing on his home run Sunday was a classic power stroke.
The BlueClaws play-by play announcer said during the Sunday game that Phillies Assistant General Manager Terry Ryan told him Ortiz has the ability to play all the outfield positions. Ortiz looked right at home in right field catching balls he went back on, hit right at him and charging one hit in front of him.
Look for O’Hoppe and Ortiz to move up to Reading in the second half of the minor league season, if they can put up big offensive numbers in June!