By Sam Bush
Phils catcher JT Realmuto proved yet again last year why he is considered the best catcher in major league baseball.
Jim Bowden of The Athletic agrees:
Last year he became only the second catcher in MLB history to hit 20 or more home runs and steal 20 or more bases in a single season; the only other player to do it was Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
Realmuto led the majors in caught-stealing percentage (44 percent).
He led the league in pop time to second base for the fourth season in a row.
He finished seventh in the National League MVP voting.
He is the best all-around catcher in the sport and helped lead the Phillies to an NL championship.
B: R T: R HT: 6-1 WT: 212
Slash line: .276/.342/.478 OPS+: 129
HR: 22 RBI: 84 SB: 21
FRM: 1.1 DRS: 11 CS: 44%
Gold Gloves: 2019, 2022