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NL East beware: Don't run on these two catchers

Realmuto, Alfaro show off elite arms Wednesday
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Their reputations are known across the league, and yet runners continue to test the arms of National League East catchers J.T. Realmuto and Jorge Alfaro -- often to no avail.

In the fifth inning Wednesday in Queens, Mets speedster Amed Rosario decided to break for second base against Realmuto, who was more than up to the task. The Marlins' backstop rose and fired with a lightning-quick 1.76-second pop time to easily nab Rosario, who reached a more-than-capable 29.5 feet per second sprint speed on his attempt. Realmuto's pop time marked the fastest on any caught stealing throw to second base since Statcast™ began tracking catcher metrics in 2015.

Their reputations are known across the league, and yet runners continue to test the arms of National League East catchers J.T. Realmuto and Jorge Alfaro -- often to no avail.

In the fifth inning Wednesday in Queens, Mets speedster Amed Rosario decided to break for second base against Realmuto, who was more than up to the task. The Marlins' backstop rose and fired with a lightning-quick 1.76-second pop time to easily nab Rosario, who reached a more-than-capable 29.5 feet per second sprint speed on his attempt. Realmuto's pop time marked the fastest on any caught stealing throw to second base since Statcast™ began tracking catcher metrics in 2015.

Meanwhile, just down I-95 in Philadelphia, Alfaro continued to make a name for himself when Braves sparkplug Ender Inciarte took off for second in the seventh inning. Alfaro threw him out with a 1.85-second pop time and 89.3 mph throw on a line to shortstop Scott Kingery. It was the third-hardest caught stealing throw across the Majors in 2018, and Alfaro happens to have his name etched into each of the top three spots on that list.

Video: ATL@PHI: Alfaro nabs stolen-base leader Inciarte

Here are other standout Statcast™ plays you should know about from Wednesday's action:

Aaron Judge, Yankees
With the Pinstripes hitting on a balmy night in Arlington, the potential for offensive fireworks was high -- and Judge delivered. New York's star slugger connected on a Tony Barnette fifth-inning pitch with a super-optimal 112.0 mph exit velocity and 28-degree launch angle, sending the pitch a projected 471 feet over the visitor's bullpen in left-center field at Globe Life Park. It was the Yankees' longest home run of 2018, and the sixth-longest tater hit in MLB this season. 

Video: NYY@TEX: Judge crushes homer 471 feet vs. the Rangers

Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
The Braves' phenomenal youngster likely lingered in Kingery's mind Wednesday night after he covered 78 feet in just 4.4 seconds before diving to convert a 41 percent catch probability and rob the Phillies' shortstop.

Video: ATL@PHI: Acuna robs Kingery with a great diving catch

That terrific eighth-inning catch by Acuna (who did not debut until April 25) marked his fourth 4-star play of the season, tying him with Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson for the MLB lead on such catches made this year. 

Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Jorge Alfaro, J.T. Realmuto