Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy
25-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It's hard to start a career much hotter than Murphy did. After missing most of the early part of the season with knee issues, he made his first career start in early September and went on to hit .414 with four homers in his first nine games of the month. He came down to earth after that, grabbing just one hit in 10 games over the rest of the month, but it was enough to make him the starting catcher heading into the playoffs. He will hold onto that job this season and should be a viable option in most formats. The 25-year-old hit .288/.369/.521 across his last two seasons in the minors, and scouts project him to hit for plus power with an average or better hit tool. His defense has a chance to be excellent, so he could rank near the top of the position in games played, with the one big caveat that he has missed significant time with injuries in each of the last two seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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Out of Wednesday's lineup
COakland Athletics
September 23, 2020
Murphy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.
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Murphy started the past two games and will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 with a run, a walk and three strikeouts Tuesday. Jonah Heim takes over behind the plate for the A's.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
7
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .675 52 9 1 7 0 .239 .327 .348
Since 2018vs Right .916 130 21 9 14 0 .241 .369 .546
2020vs Left .634 32 4 1 4 0 .214 .313 .321
2020vs Right .882 90 12 5 9 0 .247 .389 .493
2019vs Left .739 20 5 0 3 0 .278 .350 .389
2019vs Right .982 40 9 4 5 0 .229 .325 .657
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+90%
OPS on Road
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .713 89 10 4 9 0 .200 .326 .387
Since 2018Away .969 93 20 6 12 0 .278 .387 .582
2020Home .761 65 5 3 7 0 .222 .354 .407
2020Away .875 57 11 3 6 0 .255 .386 .489
2019Home .583 24 5 1 2 0 .143 .250 .333
2019Away 1.108 36 9 3 6 0 .313 .389 .719
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Sean 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.65
 
BB Rate
17.5%
 
K Rate
27.0%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.202
 
AVG
.231
 
OBP
.365
 
SLG
.433
 
OPS
.798
 
wOBA
.363
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Murphy spent the bulk of the 2018 season with Double-A Midland, posting a strong .288/.358/.498 line with eight homers in 68 games. Those numbers represented significant growth from his 53-game stint at the same level the season prior, when he hit just .209/.288/.309. The young backstop did miss a month and a half late in the season after undergoing wrist surgery, but he returned to play eight games at the end of the year, including his first three at the Triple-A level. That's probably the level at which he'll spend the bulk of this year, though he'll have a chance for at least some MLB at-bats, especially given the Athletics' lack of established options at his position. Scouting reports project Murphy as a fairly good defender, which should help him get playing time. He doesn't project for much more than average power or contact.
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Not starting Saturday
COakland Athletics
September 19, 2020
Murphy isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Giants.
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Takes seat Tuesday
COakland Athletics
September 15, 2020
Murphy isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.
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Sitting in Game 2
COakland Athletics
September 14, 2020
Murphy isn't starting the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Heads to bench Sunday
COakland Athletics
September 13, 2020
Murphy is not in Sunday's lineup against the Rangers.
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Drives in pair
COakland Athletics
September 12, 2020
Murphy went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the second game of a doubleheader against the Rangers on Saturday.
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