Many times it’s the little things that show whether or not a player is a major league ready prospect. The Phillies have two players that are not on the the 40-man roster who are doing just that!
For example last night, Reading’s center fielder Jhailyn Ortiz beat out his second infield single in two weeks on a ground ball he hit to the shortstop in the 5-6 hole. Jersey Shore’s catcher Logan O’Hoppe threw out his 5th runner in six attempts trying to steal against him in the last week.
We know all about Ortiz hitting 15 home runs in a recent 30 game stretch but most of us were not as aware of his foot speed on the bases. He can really run. Recently, he scored from first base on a double when he was playing with Jersey Shore.
His former manager with the BlueClaws, Chris Adamson, said that Ortiz has lost 25 pounds since spring training. Read HERE.
O’Hoppe is having a breakout season as well, but he is still with Jersey Shore. In last night’s game he threw out his 5th runner attempting to steal in 6th attempts over the last week. He has thrown out 33 percent of base stealing attempts this season.
Logan finished up the month of July hitting .300 and had an .869 OPS including five homers and 15 RBI. He has been a good clutch hitter all season, hitting .333 with an 1.145 OPS with two outs and RISP.
With Ortiz at baseball age 22 and O’Hoppe at baseball age 21, the Phillies look to be strong up the middle in center and catching for a long time into the future.