The backstop, who was formerly with the Miami Marlins, has become a staple in the Phillies lineup since joining the team in 2019.
While Realmuto protects home plate at Citizens Bank Park, he has someone covering and protecting his own home — his wife Lexi.
Who is J.T. Realmuto’s Wife?
The pair welcomed their first child, daughter Gracie Lane, in 2018, just two days after Realmuto represented the Marlins at the All-Star Game. More recently, Lexi gave birth to the couple’s second child, daughter Willa Mae.
Lexi announced her pregnancy with Willa Mae via social media, posting a photo of her baby bump which was captioned, “Today I am celebrating BIG time that Jake & I are bringing a child into this world!! It is super cool to know that my beach buddy and daddy’s best friend is growing each day. ? 1 Samuel 1:27-28”
However, those reports have not been confirmed.
J.T. Realmuto Early Life & MLB Career
Realmuto impressed so much in high school that the Marlins ended up selecting him in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Despite his prior commitment to play college baseball at Oklahoma State, Realmuto joined the Marlins organization for Spring Training and spent the next four years in the minor leagues. He worked his way up the ranks through Jacksonville, Jupiter and New Orleans.
In 2014, Realmuto made his Major League Baseball debut in a clash with the Tampa Bay Rays, where collected a pair of hits and two RBIs.
Realmuto played five seasons with the Marlins, hitting 59 home runs and batting .278 across nearly 2000 at-bats during that span. He made one All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger Award in Miami.
In the 2019 offseason, Realmuto was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for star pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez as well as Will Stewart and catching prospect Jorge Alfaro. The Marlins also received $250,000 in international slot money.
Realmuto signed a five-year contract with the Phillies worth $115.5 million in order to avoid free agency and stick around in the National League East, which teammates such as Aaron Nola and Archie Bradley happy.
Had Realmuto hit the open market as a free agent, he was expected to be sought after by teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals and New York Yankees — all of whom had money to spend that offseason.
He earned his first Gold Glove and second All-Star Game appearance during his first year in Philadelphia. The only thing missing on his resume is a postseason appearance.