By Sam Bush

Phillies catcher J. T. Realmuto won the National League’s Gold Glove, the first Phillies player to win a Gold Glove since Jimmy Rollins at shortstop in 2012.

Realmuto, 28, finished the season as the highest-rated defender in baseball at 27.8 DEF (Defensive Runs Above Average), according to FanGraphs. He threw out 37 of 86 basestealers (43 percent), 15 more than any other catcher. He ranked fifth among NL catchers in Runs Extra Strikes (eight), a Statcast framing metric. He had the fastest pop time (1.88 seconds) among all catchers. His max effort throws averaged 88.4 mph, which were the fastest in baseball (minimum 15 attempts to second base).

The Phils are expected to sign him to a multiyear contract extension before next season. He finished with 5.7 WAR, seventh among NL position players and 15th in baseball.

Bryce Harper and Aaron Nola were finalists for Gold Gloves at right fielder and pitcher, respectively.


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