The Marlins spent the 104th overall pick on J.T. Realmuto.
Follow the jump for his pre-draft profile.
J.T. Realmuto Position: C/SS School: Carl Albert HS State: OK Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 190
Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 3/18/91 Seiler Rating: 4C1 Commitment: Oklahoma State
J.T. Realmuto is a hard-hitting high school catcher and shortstop from Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City and the same school that produced former Major League second baseman and current baseball agent Jeff Frye. Like many dual-position players in high school baseball, Realmuto also happens to play multiple sports, with football being his notable secondary sport as a quarterback. With an incredible senior year with the bat, he’s put himself in a good position to be drafted in a signable range, and some scouts believe he has the tools to become a starting shortstop at the Major League level. At the plate, he has been feasting on high school pitching all spring, putting up record numbers with a hit tool that consistently gets solid-average to above-average grades. Some scouts are concerned with his setup at the plate, saying that is more conducive to metal bats, but the general consensus is that it’s a workable fix, and his potential might be enough to overcome concerns. His power also projects to be average, so he could turn out to be a very solid offensive middle infielder. He’s a solid-average to above-average runner, as well, so while the potential is far off from the current skill, there’s something to work with here. Defensively, he gets mixed reviews both behind the plate and at shortstop, and most scouts believe he’s too raw to project him as a starter behind the plate. Most see average defense at shortstop with an above-average arm, giving him good grades for makeup, as well. Though there’s a lot of potential here, the concerns with his bat and defensive home make him more of an early-teens pick, and that means he’s likely to end up at Oklahoma State.