MiLB.com releases the Phillies minor league “Organization All-Stars”
The Phillies have always been known for having a minor league system that lacks development, and even talent. But this season, there was a multitude of players that showed out in the Phillies farm system.
MiLB.com released their All-Star teams for every minor league organization. Here are the players that were selected for the Phillies.
Phillies “Organzation All-Stars”
Catcher: Logan O’Hoppe
Logan O’Hoppe played 85 games with Jersey Shore, 13 games with Reading, and six games with Lehigh Valley. In total, he hit .270/.331/.458 in 104 minor league games, with 17 HRs and 58 RBIs. O’Hoppe tallied a total of 106 hits, 19 doubles, and 51 runs scored throughout the 2021 season.
Logan O’Hoppe also had a fantastic stint in the Arizona Fall League, where he continued to get more reps after the season was over. O’Hoppe slashed a line of .299/.440/.519 in 22 games, with 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, 32 total hits with 8 doubles, 3 stolen bases, and an OPS of .960. O’Hoppe led all catchers in walks, stolen bases, home runs, and finished second in OPS while playing in the Arizona Fall League.
O’Hoppe would also earn the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award in the AFL this year, for his sportsmanship, character, and love for the game. O’Hoppe is going to be a very successful player once he arrives in the pros, and it shouldn’t be too long before we see that.
First Base: Vito Friscia
Vito Friscia played a majority of his games this season with the Jersey Shore Blue Claws (76 games) and played just one game with Lehigh Valley throughout the 2021 season. He hit .265/.378/.416 with Jersey Shore, finishing with 7 HRs, 40 RBIs, and an OPS of .795. Friscia also found his way on base a ton throughout the season, tallying 45 walks in just 77 total games. He spent a majority of his time at 1B or DH, but also caught a few games behind the plate as well.
Second Base: Daniel Brito
Daniel Brito played 63 games in Reading, and eight games with Lehigh Valley. Brito hit .296/.363/.457 down in Double-A with 6 HRs and 11 RBIs before getting called up to AAA. He slashed an OPS of .982 in just eight games in Lehigh Valley, where he continued his dominant season with a home run in his opening game with the Iron Pigs.
However, on July 31st, Brito collapsed on the baseball field and had to get rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, where he lived for almost two months. He was then transferred to a rehab facility and is recovering better everyday as we speak.
Third Base: Erick Brito
Erick Brito was an absolute force throughout the Dominican Summer League, slashing a line of .327/.470/.366 apart of “Phillies White”. He tallied 21 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, and 50 hits as well, and was elite with runners in scoring position, with a .396 average in those situations. Brito can play just about every position other than pitcher and catcher, as he found his way playing every single fielding position there is throughout the summer.
Shortstop: Bryson Stott
Man, where do we even start with Bryson Stott? Stott had an elite minor league season and played almost even better throughout the Arizona Fall League. Stott hit .303/.439/.394 throughout 10 games in Lehigh Valley towards the end of the Minor League Regular Season.
Bryson Stott really stood out in the Arizona Fall League. The Phillies’ #1 positional prospect hit .318/.445/.489 throughout the AFL, with 2 HRs, 31 RBIs, and 28 hits with the Peoria Javelinas. The middle-infielder took all headlines throughout the Phillies minor league system, and showed just how much he can do on the baseball field throughout the whole season.
With the Phillies potentially looking to dump Didi and his contract, Bryson Stott could potentially be seeing his way up to the majors for the start of the 2022 season.
Jorge Bonifacio played 92 games in Reading, and 72 games in Lehigh Valley throughout the 2021 season, along with seven games in the majors as well. Bonifacio was signed on May 25th, and hit the ball like no other throughout the minors. He hit .256/.360/.506 in the minor leagues in 2021, with 17 HRs and 60 RBIs.
Bonifacio hit free agency in October, but was a valuable piece in AA and AAA for the Phillies organization this past season.
Matt Vierling played 55 games in Lehigh Valley, 24 games in Reading, and 34 games up in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies this past season. Vierling went on a tear in the minors before being called up to the pro team. He was sent back down just a few days later, but would then return up in September and hit .324/.364/.479 in his time in the majors.
Vierling was a spark that the Phillies team needed in September, and will be fighting for a roster spot in 2022 Spring Training. If he continues to hit the ball like he did in 2021, he should have no problem making the major league roster, especially with the team’s need for outfielders.
Jhailyn Ortiz played 74 games with Jersey Shore, and 21 games in Reading throughout his breakout 2021 season. Ortiz was the Phillies farm system leader in HRs (23), and slashed 48 RBIs with the Blue Claws. Ortiz spent most of his time in right field, but sprinkled in leftfield and centerfield here and there. He finished his minor league season with a line of .250/.346/.488.
LH Starting Pitcher: Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson was originally drafted by the Phillies as a reliever, but was soon flipped to a starter, which is where he pitched six games for Jersey Shore, 14 games for Reading, and one game for Lehigh Valley this season. Hendrickson finished with a 3.52 ERA in 95.1 innings pitched, tallying 93 strikeouts, a 1.129 WHIP, and a SO/9 ratio of 8.7. Josh Hendrickson floated through all the leagues this season, getting different levels of talent to develop his game throughout 2021.
RH Starting Pitcher: Adam Leverett
Adam Leverett threw 11 games with Jersey Shore, eight games in Reading, and two games with Lehigh Valley throughout his 2021 stint. Leverett tallied a 3.69 ERA in 85.1 IP with 90 strikeouts, a 1.160 WHIP, and a 9.5 SO/9 ratio. Leverett started off his season dominating High-A, ran into a little trouble in July, but bounced back and capped off a successful 2021 season.
Relief Pitcher: Carlo Reyes
The last of the All-Stars is Carlo Reyes, a relief pitcher who threw eight games with Clearwater, 19 games with Jersey Shore, and eight games with Reading. Reyes dominated High-A and Double-A, where he didn’t let up an earned run in seven out of his first eight starts in AA. He finished his year in total with an ERA of 2.40 in 60 innings pitched, racking up 82 strikeouts and a 12.3 SO/9 ratio.
There’s always talk about the poor Phillies minor-league system, but if there’s something to be excited about, it’s these 11 guys. They all played fantastic seasons in their respective leagues, and all earned themselves a spot on MiLB.com’s “Organization All-Stars” team.