Once September hits, every team in the MLB has their rosters go from a 25-man roster to a 40-man, which will allow more depth during the stretch run and it will also give contending teams a hint on who to bring along for the ride when the playoffs start in October. For other teams, like the Miami Marlins, it can gauge a team’s interest on how young prospects can perform at a major-league level.
One person that may get the call from the minor leagues is catcher J.T. Realmuto, who is ranked as the No. 9-best prospect by Baseball Prospectus and the No. 7-best prospect by MLB.com in the Marlins’ farm system. The Marlins’ catching situation has not been great over the past few years. John Buck was a huge bust and after acquiring Rob Brantly from the Detroit Tigers, he has proven that he is not the chosen one to call games.
The future of Marlins catching is in Realmuto’s hands. If he is called up, it will be up to him to perform at a high level so that the franchise may start him on Opening Day 2014.
This season, the 22-year-old catcher has played at Double-A Jacksonville. In 101 games for the Suns, Realmuto has batted a mediocre .233/.307/.349 stat line with five homers and 36 RBIs. While the hitting has not been there this season, what the team really likes about him is his defense. He is one of the best defensive catchers in the minors and that is what points to him being the catcher of Miami’s future.
Mike Redmond has the opportunity to really get to see what the future of the team is once September comes around.