The Phillies need to re-sign J.T. Realmuto. Read HERE. The time is ticking on the Realmuto years in Philadelphia if he does not agree to a new Phillies contract. He is under contract for only five more months as it now stands before he can decide on free agency and the 2020 season still shows no signs of starting. Read HERE.
If you review the catching prospects in the Phillies system, you will not see anyone ready right now to take over if Realmuto signs elsewhere next season. Our top Phillies catching prospect is 20 year-old Logan O’Hoppe. He was voted the best catcher in the Australian Baseball League last off season, but the ABL is not the MLB. Logan just turned 20 years-old in February.
The Phillies manager Joe Girardi called the 21 year-old Rafael Marchan, the “block master”, in spring training. He has played in the Phillies system for four years but is yet to hit a home run in 846 plate appearances.
We are big fans of 22 year-old Rodolfo Duran but he injured himself swinging on July 25th of last season which ended his season. All Duran has done is hit 27 home runs over the last two seasons. He has caught the two Spencer Howard no-hitters, a nine-inning game in the 2018 SAL playoffs and a five-inning start in the FSL last season.
Last season, Duran had a 41% caught stealing percent with the Clearwater Threshers (40% CS in his career), one of the higher CS rates in baseball. Realmuto’s career caught stealing percent is only 36.4% though he had a 47% CS last season.
The Phillies have several good backup catchers who have played at the major league level in Andrew Knapp and Christian Bethancourt. However, they are not likely candidates for the Phillies starting catcher spot should Realmuto sign elsewhere for the 2021 season.