Last night, we were able to watch in real time the Phillies and their four full season minor league teams play on MLB-TV and MiLB-TV at the same time.
Three farm system prospects that we watched stood out to us and two of them play for the Clearwater Threshers in Low A, pitcher Mick Abel and center fielder Johan Rojas. The other one, catcher Logan O’Hoppe, was the designated hitter for the Jersey Shore Blue Claws in High A.
We are season ticket holders of the Threshers so we have seen Abel and Rojas play often this season. When they play the series in Bradenton against the Pirates farm team, it is the only time all season the Threshers are on television.
Abel and Rojas did not disappoint on TV last night. Abel pitched a five-inning, no-hitter striking out eight but walked four. Rojas hit a two-run homer going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs in the game. They showed especially last night that the are the real deals.
In Abel’s three of his last four starts, he pitched a total of 14 innings including two, five inning no-hitters. He allowed only one run and one hit, which was a homer, in the 14 innings. He struck out 24, 8 in each of the three games, and walked 7.
Rojas has come on strong playing mostly in center. In his last 5 games he has gone 6 for 17 for a .353 average and a .933 OPS.
O’Hoppe has been on fire getting at least one hit in his last nine straight games. He went 2 for 5 last night and 16 for 36 for a .444 batting average in his last nine games including four homers, 11 runs scored and 12 RBIs. Why is he not in AA Reading or even higher?
Abel, Rojas and O’Hoppe are the Phillies stars of the future who played last night. Can’t waited to see them in the Show someday sooner than later!
If you subscribe to Milb.Tv, here is a link to the Threshers game…https://www.milb.com/live-stream-games/g648856