JT Realmuto selected to Baseball America’s All-MLB First Team
JT Realmuto has been honored with another award, being selected to Baseball America’s All-MLB First Team.
The BCIB fell out of form over the first three months of the season after coming into the 2022 season with major pressure taken off his shoulders. With the addition of Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos to this loaded Phils lineup, JT Realmuto was set up for a season of stress-free hitting.
JT’s 2022 got off to a rough start, hitting under .270 in the first three months, including a .225 average in June, one of the worst months of his career. JT struck out 60 times over April-June and was holding the Phillies’ offense back while being a consistent liability. in the Top 5 of the order.
And then a switch flipped when Bryce Harper went down…
JT Realmuto had the best month of his career in July, slashing .358/.423/.642 with 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, and 24 hits in 67 ABs. He would continue to dominate throughout the rest of the season, hitting .303 in August and .273. Realmuto stayed lethal behind the plate as well, holding a .993 fielding percentage in 1,131 innings, throwing out 26% of runners, which would bring him the second Gold Glove of his career.
Realmuto, along with Jean Segura, were the two players in the MLB with the longest playoff droughts, and Realmuto was a huge reason the Phillies broke that drought. Realmuto had moments all throughout the playoffs, including his inside-the-park homer vs. San Diego, but his biggest moment came in Game 1 of the World Series when he hit a ball over the right field fence in the 10th inning to win the Phils the game.
JT Realmuto’s Game 1 Homer in the 10th Inning of the World Series
Although this isn’t the official award from Major League Baseball, it’s still nice to see JT Realmuto getting awarded for his fantastic 2022 season with the Phillies. Realmuto has already taken home a Silver Slugger Award along with Kyle Schwarber.