Phillies reassign three prospects, start to slim their roster down for Opening Day
As Spring Training moves along, the Phillies have started to thin down their roster. Just a little bit ago, the team announced they have reassigned Logan O’Hoppe, Jhailyn Ortiz, and Luis Garcia.
Logan O’Hoppe (C)
O’Hoppe has been sent down to minor league camp, where the young catcher will get the chance to improve his game on an everyday basis. O’Hoppe got three at-bats in two games played so far this spring, tallying one hit.
Logan O’Hoppe was a standout prospect for the Phillies last year. He slashed a line of .270/.331/.458 throughout all three levels, with 17 total HRs, 58 RBIs, and an OPS of .789. O’Hoppe was dominant behind the plate as well, holding a .992 fielding percentage, and caught runners stealing 25% of the time. He caught over 650 innings behind the plate in 2021 and committed just six errors.
O’Hoppe also had a fantastic stint in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .299/.440/.519 in 22 games. O’Hoppe will be a guy that is back and forth between majors and minors towards the middle of the year. Rafael Marchan, Garrett Stubbs, and Logan O’Hoppe will all battle for the backup catcher position, but sending O’Hoppe down gives him a chance to consistently work on his game.
Jhailyn Ortiz (OF)
Jhailyn Ortiz has been sent down to Double-A Reading. Ortiz logged 4 at-bats in 3 games this Spring, tallying 2 hits and scoring 2 runs. The young prospect hit .500/.600/.1.000 in his time with the team in Clearwater.
Ortiz played with both Reading and Jersey Shore in 2021, tallying a line of .250/.346/.488 in 95 total games. The left fielder hit 23 HRs, crushed 54 RBIs, and tallied 85 hits.
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Luis Garcia (INF)
Luis Garcia has been optioned to Single-A Jersey Shore. Garcia totaled 4 at-bats this spring in Clearwater, scoring one run and tallying one base-hit in 3 games played.
Garcia played 103 total games in Single and High A last season, hitting 13 HRs and 50 RBIs. He slashed .243/.353/.414 in 2021, in just over 390 at-bats. Garcia scored 63 times, stole 15 bases, and tallied a .767 OPS.
With Opening Day just 17 days away, the Phillies will continue to slim down their roster before April 8th. Expect many moves to come over the next few days, and remember that getting sent down isn’t a bad thing for players. Consistent reps are the biggest factor in the development of young players, and that’s what these three players will receive over the next few weeks.
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