Daniel Brito, Phillies INF
Until recently, it was unclear if Daniel Brito would ever play baseball again, after a traumatic health episode in a minor-league game last July.
The versatile infielder was in the midst of a breakout season at the time, having reached Triple-A for the first season in his six-year minor-league career. Across 71 games between Double and Triple-A, Brito hit .295/.364/.473 with a .837 OPS, with 15 doubles, five triples, and eight home runs.
Brito’s recovery and return to playing ball are nothing short of miraculous, and on the basis of the triumph of the human spirit alone, he’s worth rooting for.
Logan O’Hoppe, Phillies C
Logan O’Hoppe was the Cinderella story of the 2021 Phillies MiLB season.
A late-round draft pick, he had a breakout year and a stellar performance in the Arizona Fall League, thanks in large part to the Atlanta Braves’ postseason run, of all things.
Like Bryson Stott, O’Hoppe skyrocketed up three levels of the farm system last year, from High-A to Triple-A. Over 104 total games between the three, he slashed .270/.331/.458 with a .789 OPS.
O’Hoppe has roadblocks ahead of him in the form of J.T. Realmuto and the newly-acquired Garrett Stubbs. However, they’re both on the 40-man, as are Rafael Marchan and Donny Sands, so keep an eye on O’Hoppe.