Jacob Tyler Realmuto is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the United States. He was a member of the Miami Marlins from 2014 to 2018.
Realmuto was born into an athletic household in Del City, Oklahoma. He participated in a variety of sports as a kid, helping Carl Albert High School’s baseball and gridiron football teams win state championships.
Despite playing shortstop for the baseball team during his high school career, a scout with the Miami Marlins persuaded Realmuto to switch to catcher full-time.
Realmuto was drafted in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, and he decided to sign with the organization over a commitment to play collegiate baseball at Oklahoma State.
He spent the following few seasons in the Marlins’ farm system, where he worked on developing great connections with pitchers and catching attempted base stealers.
Realmuto made his MLB debut in June 2014, following the concussion of starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Until 2015, when Saltalamacchia was sent for assignment and Realmuto took over as the Marlins’ starting catcher, his major league outings were minimal.
Realmuto’s strength and quickness as a catcher and hitter enabled him to reach his first All-Star game in 2018. Realmuto won his first Silver Slugger Award the same year.
Realmuto was dealt to the Phillies by the Marlins in February 2019, and he won his second All-Star and Silver Slugger honors that season.
Realmuto also got his first Gold Glove Award of his career for his efforts in the 2019 season.
Realmuto’s Phillies teammates and supporters began using the term “Sign J. T.” to urge the Phillies into signing him to another deal when he became a free agent following the 2020 season.
Realmuto and the Phillies agreed to a five-year, $115.5 million contract in January 2021, the highest in MLB history for a catcher.
How Many People Did J.T. Realmuto Throw Out?
From 2019 t0 2020, J.T Realmuto threw out 48 people. J.T. Realmuto threw out 43 would-be base stealers in 92 chances, a success percentage of 47 percent. By a large margin, his 43 runners caught stealing led the league.
Realmuto, on the other hand, only threw out five would-be base stealers in 20 chances in 2020. That means his caught stealing percentage (CS%) was only 25%, the lowest in his career.