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Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: J.T. REALMUTO CATCHER MIAMI MARLINS

When we typed "Catcher Miami Marlins" in the heading of this feature, the possibility the locale would need to be updated in the future stands a good chance.  After all, Realmuto asked the Marlins for a trade two weeks ago after the team traded away Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Marcell Ozuna; while showing no signs of stopping there.  Realmuto, clearly it steamed at the moves and so the request was made.  While the Marlines have not addressed it publicly, the Washington Nationals are one team who already has stepped up their interest in the multi-talented catcher.  So now would be a good time to dig in a bit further on Realmuto and look at him more from a fantasy baseball perspective.

Now for those of you who are new to the site, J.T. Realmuto was one of our biggest sleeper recommendations leading into the 2016 fantasy baseball as he came off a solid but undistinguished debut in 2015 when he hit 10 home runs, stole 9 bases, and batted. 259.  We loved the high-contact approach of Realmuto and especially the speed which had not been seen to this degree since Jason Kendall at the catcher position.  Well, Realmuto turned out to be a sleeper gem in 2016 as we anticipated; hitting .303 with 11 homers, and 12 steals.  He further solidified his standing as a top-five fantasy baseball catcher last season as well in upping the power to a career-best 17 homers, with 8 steals, and a .278 average.  Now moving toward his prime at 26, Realmuto still has a tad of ceiling left to his game and any trade into a more favorable hitting ballpark could boost his already good fantasy baseball stock even higher.

Now in terms of the numbers, Realmuto could make a run at 20 homers this season but his advanced metrics point more toward a repeat of last season's 17.  That is still a terrific number for a catcher and even more so when you include the 8-10 steals.  Realmuto is still young enough to continue running and his high-contact approach remains (18.3 K/9 last season) which will help keep him as a batting average help as well.  So in regards to 2018 fantasy baseball, Realmuto remains a top-five asset at the position and his outlook will rise if the trade does in fact happen.

2018 PROJECTION:  .284 18 HR 67 RBI 73 R 10 SB


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