The Miami Marlins have been look for suitors to trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto for some time. Miami traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez, left-handed pitcher Will Stewart, and an international bonus slot.
Realmuto’s batting average last season with Miami was .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .340. He is 27 years old.
As for the players Philadelphia gave up, Alfaro’s batting average last season was .262 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .324. He is only 25 years old.
Right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez is only 20 years old and he is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Sanchez will probably reach the majors in 2020. His record last season with the Clearwater Threshers in High-A was 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA. In 46.2 innings pitched, he gave up 39 hits and 14 runs. Sixto Sanchez walked 11 batters and struck out 45.
He suffered an elbow injury in June that sidelined him for most of the 2018 season. Sanchez will either start the 2019 season with the Jupiter Hammerheads in High-A or with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in Double-A.
Stewart is 21 years old. He will start the season in High-A. Will Stewart played for the Lakewood Blue Claws (Single-A) last season. His record was 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA. In 113.2 innings pitched, he gave up 90 hits and 29 runs. Stewart walked 21 batters and struck out 90 batters.
The Philadelphia Phillies did a very good job in this trade getting a catcher they desperately need. Philadelphia also didn’t have to give up too many key prospects to get him.
The Miami Marlins have now traded J.T. Realmuto, Justin Bour, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Marcel Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton over the past season. That is very interesting considering that is a very good lineup on paper. Miami has unloaded very bad contracts though and will continue to rebuild.