J.T.Realmuto was the National League starting All Star catcher last week. If the Minor Leagues had an All Star game at the High A Level, Logan O’Hoppe would be the starting catcher there.
Last night both Realmuto and O’Hoppe hit their 10th homers of the year. Watch Realmuto’s and O’Hoppe’s below. O’Hoppe wears No. 6.
Realmuto now has 39 RBIs in 260 at bats for the Phillies and O’Hoppe has 36 RBIs in 234 at bats for Jersey Shore, the Phillies High A farm team.
Offensively this year, Realmuto has a slash line of .269/.366/.450 for an OPS of.816. O’Hoppe slash line is .265/.328/.453 for an OPS of .781.
Defensively, Realmuto has been charged with one error catching and O’Hoppe two errors. Realmuto has a caught stealing of 24% while O’Hoppe has a 29% CS this season.
Big differences do exist between them. Realmuto was a third round draft pick in 2010 of the Miami Marlins, while O’Hoppe was a 23rd round Phillies pick in 2018. This makes Realmuto at age 30, 9 years older than the 21 year old O’Hoppe.
The Phillies have Realmuto signed through the 2025 season while O’Hoppe is toiling in the low minors this year. It is readily apparent that he will be a major league ready catcher well before the end Realmuto’s contract.
This season Realmuto has played six games at first base for the Phillies, while O’Hoppe has DH in 18 BlueClaws games. It’s highly likely that the DH will come to the National League in the near future making it possible for both of them to start at the same time in a Phillies lineup.
We all know the Phillies have needs if they have a chance to compete for a spot in the post season but catching is not one of them.