Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

28-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Murphy came into the season known more for his glove work than his bat, yet finished the season as the fifth-best fantasy backstop behind only Realmuto, Varsho, Smith, and Perez. Murphy pulled a Perez-like workload in plate appearances with 612 plate appearances, but Oakland used him at DH 30 times to reduce the wear and tear on his knees. He rewarded them by reducing his strikeout rate and setting career bests in every possible category, even with his first career steal! The ballpark and the supporting cast for 2023 do him absolutely no favors, and he is just now entering his first year of eligibility so the possibility of a trade to a better situation is still off on the horizon. For now, enjoy the volume he provides but now you will have to pay full freight for him as the discount days are over. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $575,500 contract with the Athletics in March of 2021.
Racks up three hits
COakland Athletics
October 4, 2022
Murphy went 3-for-5 in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning win over the Angels.
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All three of Murphy's hits were singles. He missed one game with an illness and has since gone 4-for-10 across two contests since his return. The catcher has enjoyed a career year in almost all aspects, batting .251 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 67 runs scored, 37 doubles, two triples and a stolen base in 147 games. Only his .333 on-base percentage and .429 slugging percentage have fallen short of being career-best marks, as he logged better ratios in smaller samples in 2019 and 2020.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
60
16
12
3
6
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
18
19
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .730 337 43 13 40 0 .218 .326 .404
Since 2020vs Right .750 848 88 28 98 1 .242 .325 .425
2022vs Left .848 162 22 7 21 0 .242 .370 .477
2022vs Right .728 449 45 11 45 1 .252 .318 .410
2021vs Left .628 142 17 5 15 0 .194 .282 .347
2021vs Right .748 306 30 12 44 0 .227 .317 .431
2020vs Left .613 33 4 1 4 0 .207 .303 .310
2020vs Right .867 93 13 5 9 0 .240 .387 .480
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .685 583 56 16 59 0 .214 .319 .366
Since 2020Away .803 612 76 26 80 1 .254 .332 .471
2022Home .702 298 28 7 28 0 .226 .319 .383
2022Away .812 313 39 11 38 1 .272 .345 .467
2021Home .639 213 23 6 24 0 .196 .310 .330
2021Away .769 235 24 11 35 0 .234 .302 .467
2020Home .747 72 5 3 7 0 .217 .347 .400
2020Away .884 64 13 4 7 0 .245 .375 .509
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
20.3%
 
BABIP
.290
 
ISO
.177
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.332
 
SLG
.426
 
OPS
.759
 
wOBA
.334
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.1%
 
Barrels/PA
7.2%
 
Expected BA
.255
 
Expected SLG
.439
 
Sprint Speed
22.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
42.1%
 
Line Drive %
20.3%
 
Fly Ball %
37.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
2019
While Murphy continued to establish himself as one of the game's top defensive backstops, the 27-year-old endured his fair share of offensive struggles last season. He slashed .216/.306./405 with 17 homers while striking out at a 25.4% clip. Instead of seeing some positive regression from his .278 BABIP in 2020, Murphy saw his average on balls in play drop even further to .257 in 2021. Now is not the time to be overly pessimistic about Murphy's offensive potential going forward, however, especially considering that 2021 was his first full 162-game big-league season. If he can cut down on his strikeouts and have better luck when he does put the ball in play, he may be able to improve across the board offensively in 2022. At the very least, fantasy owners can be confident that his elite defense will keep him among the league leaders in games started behind the plate.
Murphy's 2020 Statcast page paints a confusing picture. His average exit velocity and hard-hit rate were 91st percentile while he toted an 83rd percentile barrel rate. Yet, his expected batting average was a paltry .211, in part due to a 26.4 K% as well as a home park that suppresses hits. It bodes well how hard Murphy stings the ball when he happens to hit it. A 17.4 BB% is also encouraging. Murphy's power metrics are promising as he posted a 22.6% HR/FB and 39.6% flyball rate last season. Don't be fooled by last season's .233 average. With fewer strikeouts and a BABIP more reflective of his batted-ball profile, Murphy has breakthrough potential. All this on top of excellent glove work, a strong arm and improving pitch framing mean he's sure to see bountiful playing time. The floor is shaky, but the ceiling is enticing.
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.
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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Returns to lineup Monday
COakland Athletics
October 3, 2022
Murphy (illness) is starting Monday against the Angels.
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Held out of Sunday's lineup
COakland Athletics
Illness
October 2, 2022
Murphy (illness) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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Departs with illness
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Illness
October 1, 2022
Murphy was removed from Saturday's game against the Mariners due to an illness, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Not starting Friday
COakland Athletics
September 30, 2022
Murphy isn't in the lineup for Friday's matchup in Seattle.
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Extra-base hit barrage continues
COakland Athletics
September 16, 2022
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and a run in a loss to the Astros on Thursday.
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