Last night’s Phillies game was less than impressive. Trying to prove you are a division leader, then can’t score against the second place team in the Western Division says it all. The Phillies do not match up well against the better teams in the National League.
Down on the Phillies Farm a different story emerged last night. Darick Hall had three RBIs for Lehigh Valley, Jhailyn Ortiz homered for Reading as did Logan O’Hoppe for Jersey Shore. So help in some year in the future might be on the way.
The Phillies starting first baseman was put on the Injured List yesterday. Darick Hall, the Phillies first baseman at AAA over his last 20 games, is hitting .348 with six homers and 22 RBIs. Your Front Office calls up a AAA outfielder to sit on the bench to take Rhys Hoskins place. Clearly, Darick Hall has no place in the Philies plans. They could have found a spot for him on the 40 man roster!
While down at High A, catcher Logan O’Hoppe hit his 13th homer of the season. His stats are very similar to your major league catcher. Logan is hitting .267 with 41 RBIs and has an .800 OPS. J.T. Realmuto is hitting .268 and has hit 13 homers with 52 RBIs and has an .804 OPS Yet, O’Hoppe is buried at High A, apparently for the season because they have such “great catching talent” at AA and AAA
Jhailyn Ortiz has been finally moved up from High A to Reading. Last night he hit his 21st homer of the season, second at AA. Ortiz is finally learning to play center field after playing most of his Phillies minor league career in right field. That position will not become available in the Phillies outfield for quite some time. Jhailyn committed his first error in 22 chances in eight games in center for Reading last night but at least he is learning to play a position of need.