John Ryan Murphy Struggles in Opening Week of Triple-A Action
Although it’s early in the season and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A New York Yankees) haven’t played more than 10 games this season, catching prospect John Ryan Murphy is having some trouble at the plate. Entering today, the number four prospect in the Yankees system according to Baseball America isn’t having the best of starts to the 2014 campaign.
Murphy is in a position battle with Austin Romine as both are competing to get a look to be a possible backup catcher in the Bronx if an injury were to occur or later down the road when the 40-man roster is in effect. The position battle might produce a larger spotlight than normal, especially on Murphy who is said to be a solid defensive catcher and has some pop in his bat.
Yet, Murphy has been dismal at the plate. In four games, he has just two hits in 15 trips to the plate. The pair of hits are doubles which drove in a run each, in turn shows that he does have the power to hit the gaps.
Last year, Murphy was one of the lone bright spots in the RailRiders offense that saw different lineups almost every day. Murphy played in 59 games for SWB and hit to the tune of .270 with six home runs and 21 RBIs before getting called up to New York on September 1, 2013.
Some fans might know Murphy as the last catcher to catch a pitch from the great Mariano Rivera, but Yankees fans should know that this young catcher could be the future backstop for the Yankees. Not only did they show trust in him catching the final pitch from the best closer of all-time, but he also has a solid arm, improving on receiving and framing pitches and can have a decent bat in the majors.
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