John Ryan Murphy
John Ryan Murphy
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Arizona rotated three catchers throughout last season, with Murphy, Jeff Mathis and Alex Avila all starting between 44 and 61 games. Murphy's .202 batting average, .375 slugging percentage and nine homers all led the group. After spending parts of six seasons in the big leagues, Murphy has now compiled 604 plate appearances and a .224/.267/.351 slash line with 14 homers. That's acceptable for a backup catcher given the low offensive bar at the position, but it makes for an unexciting fantasy option even if the Diamondbacks decide to give him a larger role this year (something his performances certainly haven't warranted). Murphy did at least grade out well as a pitch framer, which could lead to more starts, but it would take both increased playing time and a performance improvement for him to gain fantasy relevance. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Batting eighth in series finale
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 25, 2019
Murphy will start at catcher and bat eighth Thursday against the Pirates.
ANALYSIS
With a 1.040 OPS over a small sample of 30 plate appearances, Murphy has been the best fantasy option among the Diamondbacks' three catchers by a mile. That said, he still ranks second behind Carson Kelly in starts behind the dish this season, and Murphy's lack of polish as a defender should continue to keep him second on the depth chart. The lack of steady at-bats probably makes Murphy only worthy of consideration in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues that start two catchers.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+176%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .666 116 12 6 13 0 .204 .259 .407
Since 2017vs Right .657 148 14 6 16 0 .213 .260 .397
2019vs Left .508 15 3 1 1 0 .077 .200 .308
2019vs Right 1.401 19 4 2 3 0 .438 .526 .875
2018vs Left .688 101 9 5 12 0 .221 .267 .421
2018vs Right .561 122 10 4 12 0 .186 .225 .336
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right .429 7 0 0 1 0 .143 .143 .286
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .677 134 12 5 12 0 .238 .273 .405
Since 2017Away .644 130 14 7 17 0 .178 .246 .398
2019Home .875 8 1 1 1 0 .250 .250 .625
2019Away 1.042 26 6 2 3 0 .286 .423 .619
2018Home .678 119 11 4 10 0 .243 .282 .396
2018Away .552 104 8 5 14 0 .155 .202 .351
2017Home .429 7 0 0 1 0 .143 .143 .286
2017Away .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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How does John Ryan Murphy compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
14.7%
 
K Rate
29.4%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.345
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.382
 
SLG
.621
 
OPS
1.003
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Murphy was acquired by Arizona in a July deal with Minnesota, and he didn't get a look with the big club until rosters expanded in September. His OPS at Triple-A jumped nearly 100 points with the move into the Pacific Coast League, but a .724 OPS is still nothing to write home about from a 26-year-old at that level. Despite being a second-round pick of the Yankees in 2009, Murphy has been unable to post an OPS of .800 or better at any stop above High-A. He may get an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster in spring training, but the D-backs may be willing to expose him to waivers in order to send him back to Triple-A Reno as their No. 3 catcher. Jeff Mathis has one year remaining on his contract, and the team may want to find a more established option to serve as the starter behind the plate following the departure of Chris Iannetta to Colorado.
On the heels of a .277/.327/.406 showing in 67 games with the Yankees in 2015, Murphy had some buzz as a sleeper at the catcher position coming into 2016 after the Twins acquired him to push Kurt Suzuki for the starting job. It did not materialize, however, he got off to a dismal 3-for-40 start and was quickly demoted to Triple-A Rochester. He didn't fare much better in the minors as he hit just three home runs with a .609 OPS. Murphy then had just a .594 OPS in a September callup, culminating a lost season. Murphy showed some power in 2014, so he could still offer upside as a backup, but his future with the Twins is uncertain and he may just provide depth at Triple-A. The team's signing of Jason Castro in free agency makes a backup role Murphy's short-term ceiling.
Murphy was traded to Minnesota in the offseason for Aaron Hicks and will compete with Kurt Suzuki to be the starting catcher for the Twins. The 24-year-old provided solid offense last season in a limited role for the Yankees, slashing .277/.327/.406 with three homers and was a capable backup for Brian McCann behind the plate. The righty saw a lot of starts against left-handed pitching but was actually better against righties last season, posting a .289/.341/.355 line in 86 plate appearances. If he doesn't win the starting job outright, he could split time with the fellow right-handed hitting Suzuki as a result. It may not be long before Murphy gets the bulk of playing time as the Twins likely view him as their catcher of the future.
Called upon to fill the backup role after Francisco Cervelli went down with a hamstring injury in mid-April, Murphy hit .286/.308/.365 with one homer in 65 plate appearances before heading back down upon Cervelli's return in June. During his time with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014, Murphy slashed just .246/.292/.397 with six homers, 28 RBI and 13:42 BB:K in 51 games (196 PA), and while certainly not great, the Yankees' decision to trade Cervelli to Pittsburgh in the offseason speaks to the confidence they have in their catching depth. Brian McCann still has four years remaining on his contract and prospect Gary Sanchez is likely the long-term future at the position, but the team also has Murphy and Austin Romine to fall back on. Murphy seems like the favorite for the backup job in 2015 over Romine, but neither player would have much fantasy utility if McCann got hurt.
Murphy had a decent year across Double-A and Triple-A in 2013, hitting .269 with 12 homers and a .773 OPS. Murphy has a pretty good eye at the plate, and seems much more likely to stick behind that plate than fellow prospect Gary Sanchez. The addition of Brian McCann is free agency has left the Yankees with a very crowded situation at the position, which does not bode well for Murphy's chances of sticking around in New York even after he's deemed ready to see time at the big league level in the next season or two.
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Pops second homer
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 10, 2019
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Rangers.
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Will catch Greinke's next start
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 8, 2019
Murphy will catch for Zack Greinke on Tuesday against the Rangers, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Goes deep
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 2, 2019
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in an 8-5 victory against the Padres on Tuesday.
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Greinke's personal catcher
CArizona Diamondbacks
March 28, 2019
Murphy, who is starting at catcher and hitting eighth Thursday against the Dodgers, will serve as Zack Greinke's personal catcher this season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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Makes roster
CArizona Diamondbacks
March 25, 2019
Murphy will break camp with a spot on Arizona's Opening Day roster, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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