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Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: J.T. REALMUTO CATCHER MIAMI MARLINS

As the figurative "last man standing" in a Miami Marlins clubhouse that was almost completely dismantled during the offseason as Derek Jeter traded whatever wasn't nailed down, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto trudges ahead with another very good season as the rare/very valuable backstop that can put forth a terrific offensive game.  Despite beginning the year on the DL, Realmuto has been as good as any catcher this season in fantasy baseball as he takes the following numbers into Thursday's games:

.304
7 HR
22 RBI
30 R
1 SB

Still young at the age of 27, Realmuto is once again showing the very rare skill of being a catcher who can bat .300 and the power continues to impress as well which is a tremendous combination given thee offensive challenges of those who don the tools of ignorance.  What really makes Realmuto a hitting talent is his annually low K/9 rates and this season is no different as his 17.2 K/9 shows.  While he could use some more walks (just a 6.9 BB/9 rate), Realmuto has few issues you can knock the guy on.  The big question now is if the Marlins will trade him and as far as right now is concerned, all is quiet on that front.  If Realmuto doesn't get dealt, he will be hurt a bit in the counting numbers given the lack of support in the Marlins lineup but a trade virtually anywhere else will serve as a major boost.  While it is a tough slog for Realmuto operating in such a listless environment, his fantasy baseball owners have zero complaints about his game this season.


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