J.T. Realmuto has come a long way since being selected by the Marlins in the third round of the 2010 draft. He slowly worked his way up the minor league system, impressing enough in his short stint with Miami in 2014 that by the end of April in 2015, weeks the Marlins had confidence in him as their everyday starting catcher.
He almost broke a fish tank, hit a HR in spots where people thought only former teammate Giancarlo Stanton could reach, and carried himself as a leader. His intangibles rubbed off on so many different pitchers and younger players who came to the Marlins, while also being dedicated to the community and the fans of Miami.
Realmuto was a bright spot on a team that went through a lot of ups and downs. No matter what, he went about his business and delivered excitement to the Marlins fan base.
Who can forget when he hit more triples than any other catcher has since Darrell Porter did it in 1979, or how he has led MLB catchers in baserunning Sprint Speed and has been faster than some Major League players that aren’t catchers. Realmuto also has a record pop time when throwing to bases higher than most catchers if not at the top.
What better way to celebrate his exciting career with the Marlins than a tribute video? Relive his very best moments in a Marlins uniform from young rookie to All-Star.
We wish you luck in Philadelphia, J.T.