3 Philadelphia Phillies players who have proven we can trust them

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Despite some hiccups, Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is trustworthy

Something we need to keep in mind with J.T. Realmuto: he is a catcher. And if you look around the league right now, there aren’t too many great ones.

Most catchers these days are focused on their defense or their offense. More pay attention to the former far more with bats best suited to bat eighth in the lineup. This isn’t what Realmuto is. He’s a middle-of-the-order type of guy that just so happens to also be one of the best defenders in the game.

Although it’s Harper who is the MVP of the league, the distance between him and the other outfielders in the game is far slimmer than Realmuto and the catchers. MVP voting relies so heavily on offense that guys who also call a brilliant game can get overlooked. That’s not to say Realmuto should have received the award last year. It’s just important to remember how many things he does well that don’t show up in the box score.

Realmuto’s overall numbers in three seasons with the Phillies include a .269/.337/.471 slash line, 53 home runs, and 188 RBI. This, across 1325 plate appearances, might not compare to the numbers put up by some of the game’s most legendary players at the position. In the times we live in, it’s beyond what nearly every catcher in the league can do.

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Are there any other members of the Philadelphia Phillies you trust?