J.T. Realmuto Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/18/1991 (30)
J.T. Realmuto Season Stats
Last 10 Games
J.T. Realmuto News
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto will sit out the first game of his team's doubleheader against the Mets on Tuesday. The Phillies will give the veteran backstop a rest game- but fantasy managers should expect him behind the plate for the night game. Andrew Knapp will be behind the plate for the afternoon contest. Realmuto will face Mets' starter Marcus Stroman, who kept runs off the board in his first start despite surrendering a fair amount of hard contact.
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has been excellent on defense in terms of framing, blocking balls in the dirt and limiting the opponents' running game. He's helped starting pitchers Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola get off to solid starts on the mound. On offense, Realmuto leads the team in average, is second in RBI and consistently produces quality at-bats. So far in the early going, he has lived up to his five-year, $115.5 million deal as the best catcher in baseball. Realmuto currently has a slash line of .333/.375/.533 with three doubles, one home run and six RBI out of the gates in the 2021 season. The 30-year-old also stole his first base of the season on Sunday and managed to steal 13 total bags in the previous two seasons.
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto walked and scored in the first inning and hit a three-run home run (his first of the season) in the fifth inning in the 8-2 win Wednesday over the New York Mets. Realmuto had five RBI in the series. One of the best all-around catchers in the game, if not the No. 1 backstop, Realmuto has six hits (two doubles, one homer) in his first 18 at-bats (.333 average). The two-time All-Star also has an on-base percentage of .368 and an OPS of .813 through his first five games of the season. It's very early, but fantasy managers that took Realmuto as the first catcher off the board in fantasy drafts are already reaping the rewards. Continue to treat him as a must-start player at his position each and every day.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto followed up his 2018 and 2019 All-Star campaigns with another excellent performance in the shortened 2020 season. Realmuto posted 11 home runs, 32 RBI, a .266/.349/.491 line, and a 123 OPS+ in 195 plate appearances. Despite a slight decrease in batting average, likely due to an increase in his ground ball rate and decrease in his line drive rate, Realmuto's hitting metrics again supported his impressive performance. His overall exit velocity remained consistent with his 2019 EV figure. His hard-hit rate, essentially, mirrored his hard-hit rates from 2018 and 2019, and he saw a significant increase in barrel rate (13.6% from 8.7% in 2019) that was in the top-12 percent in all of MLB. Furthermore, Realmuto registered an elite 95.5 mph EV on FB/LD (up from 94.4 mph in 2019) which put him in the top-30 of all qualified MLB hitters in 2020. These numbers all suggest that there should be no regression concerns in the HR, RBI, and runs categories for 2021. With Realmuto opting to re-sign with the Phillies, he will remain in the middle of a potent lineup in a hitter's park, which only serves to solidify his standing as the top fantasy catcher in MLB. Realmuto is, justifiably, being taken as the first catcher off of draft boards at an ADP of 39.34. His ADP has slipped a bit due to a fractured thumb that he sustained in late-February. He's yet to make his Grapefruit League appearance but has been taking at-bats in simulated games. The Phillies are just being extra cautious with their $115.5 million investment. He's in no danger of missing Opening Day. Coming off a shortened but solid 2020 campaign, which followed a 2019 campaign where Realmuto led all catchers in at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, and stolen bases, managers should confidently draft Realmuto in the early rounds. He will provide elite HR, RBI, and run totals to go with a .270 average and some steals at a very thin position.