This entry might surprise you a bit, seeing as J.T. Realmuto was widely regarded as one of the top catchers in the National League coming into 2019. Following a season in which he won his first Silver Slugger award and was selected to his first All Star Game, it made sense for fans to expect a lot from the 28 year old.
However, despite these already high expectations, Realmuto went so above and beyond this season, that it would simply be criminal to not include him on a list like this.
Realmuto slashed .275/.328/.493 (career-high slug%), hit 25 homers (career-high), knocked in 83 RBIs (career-high), and hit 36 doubles (career-high). Realmuto also recorded 41 walks, 92 runs, and 265 total bases, ALL career highs.
Realmuto was a diamond in the rough at the plate this season, hitting his way towards another All-Star selection and maybe even another Silver Slugger award.
People expected Realmuto’s offensive numbers to trend upwards this season, seeing as he was moving to a smaller ballpark, however his improvement defensively is just baffling.
Realmuto led the entire MLB in runners caught stealing (43) and caught stealing % (46.7), the guys in second place were respectfully not even close. Realmuto running away with the Golden Glove award and potentially even Platinum Glove award was something nobody expected.