The 4-2 Dessert Dogs came out last night to host the 1-5 Javelinas, and that meant a road trip for us to Camelback Ranch in Glendale. All three Phillies position players started and contributed to the 5-4 victory, completed in 7 innings and bumping the Javelinas record to 2-5.
Bryson Stott continued to impress, running out a grounder here on which he was safe because the pitcher’s foot came off the bag while covering first base.
Stott is basically an on-base machine with a beautiful swing and perfect body mechanics who seems destined to be a leadoff hitter in Philly in the very near future and be a rare #1 Phils’ draft pick who succeeds in the majors. He looks much more comfortable than Mickey Moniak from the left side of the plate, and has the natural athleticism that Alec Bohm lacks.
It’s not just Sara Press who has her eye on Logan O’Hoppe, a 23rd round pick in the 2018 draft for the Philadelphia Phillies. The 21 year-old backstop is garnering attention on a national level, and his maturity and work ethic is evident in this interview after last night’s game with Sam Dykstra. It may be no co-incidence that he wears the same number as another famous work ethicist who excelled in the Phils’ organization.
The Phillies of course have JT Realmuto behind the plate now, with Andrew Knapp as a backup. But there’s such a big hole in Knapp’s bat that the #2 role is wide open. With Rafael Marchan, the switch-hitting backstop being a year ahead of Logan in development, the road to Philly is less clear than it is for Bryon at shortstop. Marchan, a 5’9″converted infielder who the Phils drafted out of Venezuela at age 16, is more in the mold of Chooch. O’Hoppe, at 6’2″, has the potential to be a Realmuto at the plate as well as behind it. I say that because of his penchant for going the opposite way, which he did twice last night. Here he smokes a ground rule double to right field driving in Stott for the second time.
Simon Muzziotti got in on the action last night as well. Playing center field for the Javelinas, Moozy lined a double plating two runs including O’Hoppe, which provided the margin for victory.
The 3-3 Mesa Solar Sox visit Peoria tonight, with the Javelinas looking to extend their 2 game winning streak and inch their record closer to respectability.