J.T. Realmuto

J.T. Realmuto

31-Year-Old CatcherC
Philadelphia Phillies
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Realmuto did not wilt under the pressure of his big new contract and did what he could to get Philly into the postseason both at the plate as well as behind it. The run production was down slightly from 2018-19, but a lot of that can be attributed to the lineup construction and the issues the club had when MVP Bryce Harper and Realmuto weren't at the plate. The 13 steals from the catching position was a nice added bonus. Something to consider: should the new collective bargaining agreement usher in the full-time DH in the National League, it would in theory afford Realmuto even more plate appearances and allow the club to protect his legs from the wear and tear of catching. The challenge there is he is a supreme defender as well, so the club will want to pick and choose those moments. If the NL DH comes to be, Realmuto's potential value jumps into the third round where Salvador Perez currently lives. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#50
ADP
$Signed a five-year, $115.5 million contract with the Phillies in January of 2021.
Receives Sunday off
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 25, 2022
Realmuto is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Realmuto started the past five games and will take a seat Sunday after he went 9-for-22 with two home runs, three RBI, five runs and a stolen base during that span. Garrett Stubbs will step in behind the plate and bat ninth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
2
28
38
1
5
1
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#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .814 368 50 10 45 8 .270 .364 .450
Since 2020vs Right .808 894 120 39 142 27 .269 .337 .471
2022vs Left .808 158 21 5 22 5 .263 .348 .460
2022vs Right .835 372 52 16 60 13 .283 .344 .491
2021vs Left .727 156 17 3 14 2 .241 .333 .394
2021vs Right .804 381 47 14 59 11 .271 .346 .457
2020vs Left 1.091 54 12 2 9 1 .386 .500 .591
2020vs Right .748 141 21 9 23 3 .225 .291 .457
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .883 643 95 32 115 17 .287 .362 .521
Since 2020Away .741 595 75 17 70 18 .250 .328 .414
2022Home .909 280 40 12 50 10 .314 .368 .541
2022Away .733 250 33 9 32 8 .234 .320 .413
2021Home .840 263 33 12 44 4 .272 .357 .483
2021Away .726 274 31 5 29 9 .254 .328 .398
2020Home .925 100 22 8 21 3 .247 .360 .565
2020Away .829 71 11 3 9 1 .292 .352 .477
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Stat Review
How does J.T. Realmuto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
7.7%
 
K Rate
20.6%
 
BABIP
.316
 
ISO
.205
 
AVG
.277
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.482
 
OPS
.827
 
wOBA
.360
 
Exit Velocity
90.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.8%
 
Barrels/PA
7.9%
 
Expected BA
.275
 
Expected SLG
.470
 
Sprint Speed
24.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
44.4%
 
Line Drive %
18.7%
 
Fly Ball %
36.9%
 
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Realmuto remained the clear top catcher in the league last season, producing some of the best work of his career. His .266/.349/.491 slash line established his career high in on-base percentage, while his 125 wRC+ just missed his career-best mark of 126. He continued to chip in on the basepaths, as his four steals tied for the lead among all catchers, while he also finished tied for first among all backstops with 11 homers. Statcast generally loved his quality of contact, giving him a career-best 13.6% barrel rate, though it did give him a modest .248 xBA, thanks in part due to a career-high 24.6 K%. Defensively, he remained an excellent framer, with perhaps the only negative being that his caught-stealing percentage dipped from 47% to 25%. Realmuto is heading into his age-30 season this year, so his decline could start at any time, but he has a long way to fall before any other catcher can claim his crown.
Realmuto finished as easily the top fantasy catcher despite a slightly disappointing season. There was an expectation that his offensive numbers would reach a new level with the move from Miami to Philadelphia, and while he did manage a career-high 25 homers, his .275/.328/.493 slash line was a near match for his .277/.340/.484 line from 2018. Still, not many other catchers can manage his combination of average and power, and throwing in his nine steals (three more than any other catcher) made him the clear top option at the position. He's also elite defensively, and the Phillies seemed to never want to take him out of the lineup, giving him 130 starts behind the plate, the most in the league. That volume pads his counting stats but may also have contributed to the meniscus surgery he required in late September, making him a bit of health risk heading into 2020.
Realmuto was bunched up with the likes of Willson Contreras and Buster Posey in that second tier of catchers last draft season. Now he's in the top tier of the catcher pool along with Gary Sanchez. In his age-27 season, Realmuto shaved eight percentage points off his groundball rate, adding more line drives and flyballs while making more consistent hard contact (38.5%, up from 33.3%). The predictable result was an uptick in rate power, with Realmuto adding 35 points to his ISO and 33 points to his SLG. He didn't run as much as in past years, but in the end, Realmuto was still pretty easily the most valuable player at the position in both real life and fantasy. Sanchez should bounce back after a miserable season, but Realmuto is the safer investment given his steady plate skills (19.6 K%, 7.2 BB%). Realmuto's outlook brightened with a February trade to Philadelphia.
During another year of catcher volatility, Realmuto was a rock, chipping in across the board while setting career highs in games played, home runs, RBI, runs scored and OPS. Realmuto's 28 stolen bases over the past three seasons lead backstops, significantly boosting him in a landscape with diminishing speed. Though his HR/FB has climbed in each of the last two seasons, he'll likely struggle to top last year's power production given his career 47.8 percent groundball rate. The backstop remains a safe bet to at least stay afloat in batting average, however. Despite less than desirable walk rates, he rarely strikes out (81 percent career contact rate) and has improved his BB/K in each full season. The team was stripped down this offseason, but Realmuto may also be on the move, so it's too early to say what the context ramifications will be. He turns 27 in March and does enough overall to comfortably profile as a top-five option at the position.
The stats haven't been flashy, but Realmuto's inspiring performance from 2016 was right in line with his offensive numbers in the minors. He gets extra fantasy pub for the dozen steals he accumulated last season, an asset that gets highlighted given the dearth of steals available at the catcher position. Still, the crux of Realmuto's future value is with the stick, not his legs. Counting on that speed from a player that has to get in a crouch 150 times a game sets buyers up for disappointment, particularly for one whose propensity for triples in 2015 dried up completely last season. Still, his pull-heavy tendencies could morph some doubles into home runs as he matures. As promising as last season was, however, Realmuto's lack of walks could very well come back to bite him as his unsustainable BABIP (.357 in 2016) comes back to earth, with the downside for a sub-.300 on-base percentage if the walks don't materialize. Be careful.
After an 11-game stint last year, Realmuto earned his first significant major league playing time with the Marlins and hit .259/.290/.406 in 126 plate appearances. Realmuto has posted a professional OBP above .350 just once and shouldn’t be expected to be an on-base machine — he walked just 4.1 percent of the time. But he makes contact at about a league average rate (15 percent strikeout rate) and showed plus power even with the cavernous walls of Marlins Park keeping him down. Realmuto managed 10 home runs and a shocking seven triples. The last catcher to muster seven triples was Darrell Porter in 1979, and it has happened just five times since 1970. Realmuto also stole eight bases and has attained double-digit stolen base totals in the minors, making him the rare speedster to play the catcher position. With full-time duty next year, he could put up a 10-10 season.
Since being drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft, Realmuto has progressed steadily through the Marlins' system. He struggled in his first taste of Double-A in 2013, batting .239/.310/.353 over 106 games before improving to a .299/.369/.461 line last season over 97 minor league contests. The strong season earned Realmuto a brief stretch in the majors in mid-June and a handful of September games as well, highlighted by a 3-for-5 effort with a double and a triple during the final week of the season. The 23-year-old backstop stands 6-foot-1 and offers a steady line-drive stroke with a strong contact rate (13.9 K% in the 2014 at Double-A) and patient approach at the dish. Realmuto also offers plus defense behind the plate, gunning down 22-of-58 would-be base stealers last season between the majors and the minors. Jarrod Saltalamacchia remains the Marlins’ primary option behind the dish, so Realmuto is most likely headed to Triple-A to further develop his craft and play every day. He could, however, push veteran Jeff Mathis for at-bats down the line and remains locked in among the team’s top prospects as the heir apparent behind the dish.
While Kyle Skipworth's prospect status is fading fast, Realmuto, a converted shortstop, did enough last season to inherit the Marlins' Catcher of the Future tag. He's still raw behind the plate, but the arm that could have made him a highly recruited quarterback is already gunning down basestealers at a nice clip, and his bat showed signs of progress as well at Low-A (12 homers and 13 steals from a kid spending most of his free time doing catching drills isn't bad at all). While Buster Posey comps are inevitable and misguided given the position switch, he is smart and athletic enough to develop into a solid major league backstop down the road if Miami is patient with him, or maybe switch the misguided comps from Posey to Craig Biggio if his new position doesn't take. He's still a few years from the majors, but Realmuto's athleticism and skill set make him an intriguing prospect at fantasy's thinnest spot.
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Homers in win
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 21, 2022
Realmuto went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Blue Jays.
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Five hits in loss
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 20, 2022
Realmuto went 5-for-5 with a solo homer, a double, two runs scored and two RBI in an 18-11 loss Tuesday against Toronto.
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Receives Sunday off
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 18, 2022
Realmuto is out of the lineup for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Goes yard twice in win
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 14, 2022
Realmuto went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Wednesday's win over Miami.
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Day off Saturday
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 10, 2022
Realmuto isn't starting Saturday against the Nationals.
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