Past practice teaches fantasy owners to proceed with caution overpaying due to positional scarcity. However, recent data suggests rostering one of the top catchers, especially in terms of counting statistics can provide a competitive advantage. No longer does it take a second-round selection of Buster Posey to try and impact a roster, one can wait until around the third or fourth round for J.T. Realmuto . Last year, Realmuto became the third catcher in history to score at least 90 runs with 35 or more doubles and 25 home runs. Only Johnny Bench (1970 and 1974) along with Jorge Polanco (2000) accomplished this feat prior to Realmuto in 2019.

Moving to Philadelphia pushed Realmuto’s stock up due to ballpark factors and hitting in a more productive lineup. Still, Realmuto finished with career highs in the following categories:

  • Games (145)
  • At-bats (538)
  • Runs (92)
  • Home Runs (25)
  • RBI (83)
  • Doubles (36)
  • Walks (41)
  • Extra-base hits (64)
  • Total Bases...