The Los Angeles Angels are giving their fans a glimpse of the future after calling up top prospect Logan O'Hoppe from the taxi squad on Wednesday.
O'Hoppe, a catcher, is currently rated as the team's No. 1 prospect on MLB.com. He will make his MLB debut at home against the Oakland A's.
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With the Angels already eliminated from playoff contention, O'Hoppe's arrival gives the fans something to cheer for. It's been years since the team had a good-hitting backstop, and the hope is that he can make an immediate impact at the MLB level like Adley Rutschman has for the Baltimore Orioles this year.
O'Hoppe, 22, was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. The Phillies traded him to the Angels in August in exchange for outfielder Brandon Marsh, as Philadelphia already has an All-Star catcher behind the plate in J.T. Realmuto.
The trade seemed to light a spark under O'Hoppe, whose performance in Double-A dramatically improved after the swap. His OPS jumped from .889 before the trade to 1.147 afterward, signaling that he might be ready for the big leagues.
The Angels will find out over the next week as O'Hoppe gets his first taste of The Show, which could help them decide if he's ready to be their everyday catcher next year or if he needs more seasoning.