Can J.T. Realmuto Be A 20/15 Catcher

 

PITTSBURGH – After multiple injuries to superstar players (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich), firing their manager in-season (Mike Redmond) and overall poor performance by a host of veteran and free agent acquisitions (Mat Latos, Dan Haren), the emergence of prospect-turned-everyday-player, J.T. Realmuto has been a bright spot in the midst of another lost season for the Miami Marlins.

Over the course of 114 games, Realmuto has hit 10 home runs to go along with 45 RBI, 46 runs and seven stolen bases, while slashing .253/.284/.404. In September, he is hitting .368/.366/.658 with three home runs, including a 10-game hit streak dating back to August 31.

The 10 home runs over the course of the year are tied for 12th-most amongst everyday catchers (i.e. – those who only play catcher and not another position), while the seven stolen bases are the most of any catcher this year.

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Pittsburgh’s Lumber Company

Bob Nutting
Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting

Below is an excerpt from “Scott Miller’s Starting 9: Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, Nats Look to Solve Problems” found on the Bleacher Report today, featuring North Side start-up Diamond Kinetics. 

PITTSBURGH – The game has changed immensely since the days of Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen and Dave Parker in Three Rivers Stadium, and one more example comes from Pirates owner Bob Nutting: As his Pirates continue trying to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals, he’s swinging away on a side project that he hopes will aid both a local Pittsburgh company and thousands of youth baseball players.

The company is Diamond Kinetics, whose patented “SwingTracker” allows hitters to study their bat speed and swing trajectory and, theoretically, make improvements in real time. Nutting is one of the eager investors.

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Nelson Cruz Is Hitting Tons of Home Runs Away From Safeco Field

PITTSBURGH – On Tuesday, Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners became the first Major Leaguer with two streaks of five consecutive games with a home run in the same season since Chase Utley in 2008, and one of just four players to accomplish that feat in the past 45 years (Barry Bonds, 2001), (Frank Thomas, 1994) and (Harmon Killebrew, 1970).

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