Logan O’Hoppe has been selected the #22 prospect in the Phillies’ organization in an extremely close vote..
O’Hoppe received 30 of the 178 votes cast (16.85%). Darick Hall received 29 votes (6.29%). Luke Leftwich and Cornelius Randolph received 14 votes each (7.87%). Deivi Grullon received 13 votes (7.3.0%). And, Will Stewart received 10 votes (5.62%). Nineteen guys shared the other 68 votes.
The Phillies selected Logan O’Hoppe in the 23rd round of the 2018 Amateur Draft out of St. John the Baptist High School (NY). He decided to forego college and signed with the Phillies on June 18th.
O’Hoppe reported to his GCL team with the reputation of being a good defensive catcher with unknown (or unappreciated) offensive skills. Happily, he exceeded even the most callous expectations. O’Hoppe collected 124 plate appearances in 34 games and posted a .367/.411/.532/.943 slash. Not bad for a kid who wasn’t expected to hit. (Scouts, hah!) Among his 40 hits, he had 13 XBH – 10 doubles, a triple, and 2 HR. He scored 19 runs and had 21 RBI. He drew 10 walks (8.1%) and struck out 28 times (22.5%).
Defensively, O’Hoppe committed just 2 passed balls in 148.0 innings. He had a .987 Fld% in 151 chances. And, he threw out 9 of 27 base stealers (33.3%).
It’s hard to determine O’Hoppe’s assignment in 2019. At 18-years-old, he was almost 2 years younger than the other position players in the GCL. With the number and quality of catchers in the organization, Lakewood seems a stretch although I believe he is capable. He certainly deserves a move up from the GCL. But, the Phillies have brought their young catchers along slowly in the past. Looks like Williamsport.
The poll for the next prospect will be posted in a separate thread.
Here are the complete results for this poll.