However, much to our disappointment he has seemed to have hit a road block in Triple-A. Though there have been signs of him improving defensively as a catcher, his first couple months with Scranton have been disappointing offensively. He appears to be frustrated and has already been benched a few days for not hustling.
The coach said this when asked if he thought Murphy could emerge as the best of the group of Yankees catching prospects:
“I know that it’s just gonna be a matter of him putting in the time,” Sharp said. “He’s the type of kid who gets immersed in a setting and can adjust like no one else. Give him two months at any level, and he’s gonna figure it out."
Well he looks to be adapting to professional baseball very well also. Murphy, currently ranked as the 8th best prospect in the Yankee system, started in extended spring training. He has skipped short season ball and was promoted to full season Low A Charleston earlier this week. He started quickly hitting .333 with 8 hits in 24 at bats and 6 RBIs.
Also in article, Yankees' senior vice president of baseball operations, Mark Newman had this to say about Murphy:
“Well, he’d played a fair amount and had quite a few at bats in extended spring [training], and he needed another challenge,” Newman said of Murphy’s promotion. “He was a very advanced hitter out of the draft and came from a very good program. He’s a sophisticated young hitter, and we wanted to challenge him a little bit.”
So it looks like we can add Murphy to what is probably the deepest group of catching prospects in baseball. His high school coach thinks he will be the best of bunch.
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