Top prospect’s father celebrates finishing cancer treatment in most Phillies way

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 28: A detail view of the Liberty Bell at Citizens Bank Park on August 28, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phillies defeated the Braves 7-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 28: A detail view of the Liberty Bell at Citizens Bank Park on August 28, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phillies defeated the Braves 7-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Phillies top prospect Logan O’Hoppe’s dad celebrated completing cancer treatments with a Phillies’ themed moment

Philadelphia Phillies top prospect Logan O’Hoppe has had a lot to celebrate recently.

After a strong minor league season full of promotions, O’Hoppe dazzled in the Arizona Fall League. Now, he gets to celebrate a family milestone. Earlier this week, O’Hoppe’s father got to ring the bell that signifies the end of a cancer patient’s treatment. It is a moment of great triumph and relief.

To mark the occasion, O’Hoppe’s father decided to wear a Phillies shirt. Not just any Phillies shirt, either; he rung the bell in a Ring the Bell tee.

Since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004, the ballpark has rung the electronic Liberty Bell in centerfield for every home run and Phillies win. The electric version of the historical artifact lights up, changes color, swings, and of course, rings.

It’s incredibly sweet that O’Hoppe’s father was showing his son support, even in a moment about himself. But it’s not surprising at all, as the O’Hoppe family are fixtures at the rising star’s games.

Logan O’Hoppe has become one of the Phillies’ top prospects

MLB.com currently ranks O’Hoppe as the #11 prospect in the Phillies’ slowly-blooming farm system, which is especially impressive given that he was drafted by the Phillies in the 23rd round of the 2018 draft.

Like his teammate Bryson Stott, O’Hoppe catapulted through the farm system in 2021, though as the club’s 2019 first-round pick, his immediate success feels like more of a given than a pleasant surprise.

After winning the award for Spring Training standouts in the Phillies’ system, O’Hoppe spent the bulk of the season at High-A Jersey Shore before being promoted, first to Double-A Reading, and then Triple-A. Across 104 games between the three levels, O’Hoppe slashed .270/.331/.458 with a .789 OPS, 19 doubles, 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 51 runs scored. He was successful in six of nine stolen base attempts.

Then, in the AFL, he hit .299/.440/.519 with a .959 OPS. Over 22 games, he compiled 23 hits, including eight doubles and a trio of home runs. He scored 19 runs and drove in 17. Most impressively, he walked (21) more than he struck out (15).

O’Hoppe is only 21 years old but he’s been praised by scouts for his “tremendous raw power,” “baseball rate mentality,” “leadership behind the plate,” and improved plate discipline.

Hopefully, the next time an O’Hoppe family member rings a bell, it’ll be the young prospect, hitting his first Phillies home run.

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