The Miami Marlins have one of the better catchers in baseball on their roster in JT Realmuto— and it is a shame. It’s great that Marlins fans still have someone worth watching after the offseason fire sale. But it can’t be fun for Realmuto playing for one of the worst teams in baseball.
He’s the kind of player that many teams could use as they start to look towards the playoffs. He’s a catcher that can hit. A career .283 hitter, he’s hitting .309 this season and has nine home runs to his name as of the Marlins win over the Orioles on Sunday. It was just last week that he fell a triple short of the cycle, scored three runs, and recorded two RBIs in a win over the San Francisco Giants.
Realmuto is the kind of guy that several teams could use as they begin to look towards the postseason. Yes, the playoffs are a long way off, but it’s never too early to start preparing for it. For several teams, an upgrade at catcher could be crucial.
Everyone wants a solid defensive player at catcher but if he can swing a bat, as well—like JT Realmuto – he’s gold. But who should make a play for the 27-year old, hard-hitting catcher?
- Los Angeles Angels: The Angels are in danger of slipping out of contention in the AL West. If they want to keep up with the Astros and Mariners, they need to upgrade their offense. Realmuto would certainly give them a boost over what Martin Maldonado has provided (.247 with three home runs and 20 RBIs).
- Cleveland Indians: The Indians are finally starting to assert themselves in the AL Central. But if they are going to stand a chance against the Yankees or Astros in the postseason, it wouldn’t hurt to acquire an upgrade at catcher (Yan Gomes is hitting .251 with nine home runs an 21 RBIs).
- Boston Red Sox: Neither Sandy Leon or Christian Vazquez are getting the job done. Leon is hitting .223/.263/.330 with two home runs. Vazquez .214/.258/.286 also with two home runs. If Boston wants to overtake the Yankees, they’ll need at least one catcher that can hit better than these two.
- Seattle Mariners: They seem determined to make the Astros work for the division title this year. But to win it themselves, they are going to need guys with a better shot at hitting Houston’s rotation. Current catcher Mike Zunino has 11 home runs to his name already but not much else (.207 batting average).
- Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers will need the strongest offense they can muster just to keep up with the Cubs in the NL Central. They will not get much from their current catcher, Manny Pina (.210 batting average with four homeruns and 12 RBIs). But So far Erik Kratz has been a hitting machine (.435 with three home runs; 10 hits in 23 at-bats spread over six games). If they think he can keep hitting, they can stand pat. But if slides back to reality, they could use JT Realmuto.