Snubbed: No Gold Glove nomination for J.T. Realmuto


In a somewhat surprising announcement, J.T. Realmuto was not one of the three nominees for the 2020 NL Gold Glove at catcher.

Surprising because Realmuto is the reigning NL Gold Glove catcher and is considered the best all-around backstop in baseball. 

The three National League nominees are Tucker Barnhart of the Reds, Willson Contreras of the Cubs and Jacob Stallings of the Pirates.

According to MLB's Statcast data, Realmuto was the second-most-effective catcher in MLB this season framing pitches, behind only Omar Narvaez. 

Realmuto's pop time, which measures the quickness of a catcher's release and his arm strength, has ranked first in the majors since 2017.

Realmuto missed two weeks in September with a hip injury. He caught only 36 of the Phillies' 60 games. He did catch 19 more innings than Tucker Barnhart, who also caught 36 games and was nominated.

Barnhart led all National League catchers with +9 Defensive Runs Saved. Stallings was second with +7. Contreras was tied for fifth at +1. Realmuto was 13th with -1. 

Last season, Realmuto ranked fourth in the NL with +12 DRS.

Over a full season, a lot of this data could look different.

Here was the workload this summer for the three nominees and Realmuto:

  • Barnhart caught 36 games and 272⅓ innings
  • Contreras caught 41 games and 324⅓ innings
  • Stallings caught 42 games and 345⅓ innings
  • Realmuto caught 36 games and 291 innings

The Phillies' catcher of the last two seasons is headed to free agency, where the ask will be enormous and a handful of rich teams will be ready to engage. Here's the latest on the Realmuto contract situation.

Former Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (Indians) and shortstop J.P. Crawford (Mariners) were nominated at their positions in the American League.


Subscribe to the Phillies Talk podcast:

Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher | Art19 | Watch on YouTube