J.T. Realmuto was born into an athletic household in Del City, Oklahoma. As he grew older, he participated in a variety of sports, 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 for 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 chose to sign with the team 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 relationships with pitchers and catching attempted base stealers.
When the COVID-19 pandemic cut the 2020 MLB season short to 60 games, the Phillies wanted to make sure Realmuto was healthy throughout the rest of the season.
Realmuto stated to reporters that he hoped to play in all 60 regular-season games and catch in at least 50 of them that year. Realmuto was a bright spot in the Phillies’ otherwise poor season; despite the team’s 5–9 start, Realmuto hit eight home runs in the first 14 games.
American professional baseball catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball, Realmuto currently earns a base pay of $23,875,000 in 2022.