John Murphy, a catcher from Pendleton High School in Florida. This spring, Murphy hit a ridiculous .627 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI’s for a nationally ranked team against strong Florida competition. While playing on the Florida Bombers in the summer, he broke records held in the past by Eric Hosmer, Jemile Weeks, and JP Arencibia, all first-rounders.
Murphy, listed at 6’0″ 190, is a recent convert to catcher who has taken to the position well. He was an outfielder and a 3rd baseman in the past, so he has decent athleticism behind the plate, and seems likely to stay a catcher as a pro. He is a polished righty hitter with good contact skills, a line-drive swing, and some power potential. He also was rated to have the 2nd-best strike zone judgement of all the high school hitters in the draft, and the Yankees definitely do value plate discipline. He is still learning the catcher position, and does not seem to have all the instincts down yet, most evaluators are confident that he can learn.
Nice Dreams psp I didn’t know anything about Murphy prior to the selection, but apparently he was one of the top prospects in Florida, with a commitment to baseball powerhouse Miami. He was considered a possible supplemental round pick because of his bat and his likelihood to stay at catcher. He’s not a super sexy pick, but his hitting ability should make him valuable, especially if he can stay at catcher, as he is projected to do. At best, he can be an above-average offensive catcher who could be an average to above-average defender. He probably does not have an all-star ceiling, but his offensive polish could allow him to advance through the minors quickly if his defense continues to improve. Again, not an exciting pick (reminds me of the Romine pick a few years ago), but I assume he will sign, so I am satisfied. I hope there are more high-ceiling guys coming later.
Here’s a scouting video of Murphy.
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