When the Atlanta Braves put the Shea Langeliers on a whirlwind World Series run, they unwittingly helped the Philadelphia Phillies reach their own prospects.
With the news cycle much slower during a season of lockdown, MLB fans are microscopic for potential signings as teams survey the landscape for new talent. In that focus, Phillies insider Jim Salisbury noticed a notable link between Atlanta Braves and NL East heavyweights, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Because the Braves went all the way to their unprecedented World Series win, catcher Shea Langeliers stayed with the Atlanta team in their championship race. And because the Langeliers were with the Braves, Logan O’Hoppe started as the catcher.
Initially, O’Hoppe was supposed to sneak into the reps when he could get behind the Langeliers. “He will earn some bats as a designated hitter,” Salisbury description. “There’s also been some talk of him taking a few balls off the ground at the first base.”
O’Hoppe has to show his game, getting more prominent on the Phillies’ radar as one of their top prospects — all because of the Langeliers in Atlanta.
“I was lucky,” O’Hoppe said.
Brave catcher Shea Langeliers helps a potential Phillies get his shot at the big leagues
Before being called up to the Braves, Langeliers were considered “the best defensive catcher in the Minor.”
Langeliers “showed his power would come into play, with 22 home runs tying him with Draft 2019 classmate Rutschman sixth of all players caught in the Minor.” Leagues,” wrote Jonathan Mayo in September.
More recently, Langeliers has made MLB .’s all-defensive second team. Langeliers also represent the Braves alongside Cristian Pache on the FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects list.
Although the Langeliers are trailing Travis d’Arnaud and Manny Piña, the strong 24-year-old prospect is said to be “expected to be the foundation for competitive Braves teams in the future.”
If Langeliers continues to be as lucky as his former teammate O’Hoppe, he could become the Braves’ start to catch in 2023.
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