Logan O’Hoppe is the Readers’ selection as the #4 prospect.
Logan O’Hoppe was born in West Islip, New York to parents Michael and Angela. He attended Saint John the Baptist High School in West Islip on Long Island.
2015 – 2018: I couldn’t find any high school stats for O’Hoppe. His senior year, he led the St. John the Baptist Cougars to the 2018 CHSAA championship. He was named the CHSAA Player of the Year, and he won the offensive triple crown. Later, he was selected to the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School Gold Glove First Team.
The Phillies selected Logan O’Hoppe in the 23rd round of the 2018 Rule 4 Draft. He was the 677th pick overall. He signed for a bonus that we would consider “overslot” for that round.
2018: O’Hoppe arrived in Clearwater with the reputation of being a good defensive, light-hitting catcher. He quickly dispelled that report by hitting .367/.411/.532 in 124 plate appearances. He hit 10 doubles, one triple, 2 home runs, walked 10 times (8.1%), and struck out 28 times (22.6%). He had 2 errors in 151 chances (.987 FPct). He threw out 9 of 27 potential base stealers (33.3%).
2019: O’Hoppe played short-season ball in Williamsport. His offensive output took a hit, but he still posted a .981 FPct and threw out 13 of 42 potential base stealers (31.0%).
O’Hoppe spent the offseason playing in the Australian Baseball League where he hit 5 doubles and 5 home runs and slashed .258/.389/.483 in 109 plate appearances with 18 (16.5%) walks and 23 strikeouts (21.1%).
2020: O’Hoppe didn’t play during the COVID pandemic, but he was included as part of the Phillies’ 60-man player pool and was at the Alternate Training Site in Allentown.
2021: O’Hoppe posted a solid slash across 3 levels. He got the bulk of his at bats at High-A Jersey Shore. He had a small sample size at Reading and an even smaller sample at Lehigh Valley. His combined line was very similar to his High-A line. His combined slash was .270/.331/.458 with 19 doubles, 2 triples, and 17 home runs. He walked 33 times (7.5%) and struck out 76 times (17.4%) in 438 plate appearances. His FPct was .992 and he threw out 27 of 107 potential base stealers (25%).
O’Hoppe was invited to the Arizona Fall League and performed well. He slashed .299/.440/.519 in 100 plate appearances. He walked 21 times (21.0%)) and struck out 15 times (15.0%). He had a FPct of .990 and threw out 7 of 26 potential base stealers (27%).
At the end of the AFL season, O’Hoppe received the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award winner.
I’ve seen the trade talk regarding our top minor league catchers. Our once deep catching corps is a little shallower with the in-season trade of Abrahan Gutierrez and Edgar Cabral and Rodolfo Duran declaring free agency. I still can’t conceive of a deal where I would offer O’Hoppe. I think he has an excellent future as a ballplayer and as a person. But, he has played well last season and should be on every scout’s radar. I expect teams to come-a-knocking. Personally, I’d like that 40% of our home-grown rotation I dreamed about yesterday to throw to a home-grown catcher.