Ah yes, the other decent rookie we mentioned. Easily the best player on this list, Nolan Arenado has had his fair share of success in the majors. A four-time All-Star, four-time silver-slugger, six-time Gold-Glover, and the proud owner of what I believe is the most epic cycle ever completed in this generation (achieved the feat by hitting a walk-off grand slam against the divisional opponent Giants), Arenado is simply a superstar.
As I’m sure some of you have noticed by now, there’s a trend of where these gaudy praises end up. In Jacob deGrom’s back pocket. Lifetime versus deGrom, the all-world third-basemen has scratched together just two hits. The first one, a double way back during deGrom’s push for Rookie of the Year back in 2014, was one just three hits deGrom gave up that night through eight innings against a high-powered Rockies lineup.
Much of this offseason’s “hot stove” has surrounded three key players. Two free agents, that took what felt like a lifetime to sign and one all-world catcher on the trade block coming off easily his best offensive season. You guessed it, that catcher is none other than J.T. Realmuto himself.
A consensus top-three catcher heading into the 2019 season, Realmuto hasn’t exactly played up to his lofty standards against deGrom. With just three hits (all singles), no walks and seven strikeouts in twenty-four plate-appearances, Realmuto will have plenty of opportunities to bolster that impressive total this upcoming year as the Phillies newest catcher.