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John Ryan Murphy | Catcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Twins acquired C John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees for OF Aaron Hicks.
This is a case of both teams using depth to upgrade in other areas. After Kurt Suzuki's disappointing season, the Twins had an obvious need behind the plate. Murphy doesn't turn 25 until next May and batted .277/.327/.406 with three home runs and 14 RBI over 67 games this season while serving as Brian McCann's backup. He'll share playing time with Suzuki at the very least, but the Twins are likely hoping that he can become a decent regular. As for the Yankees, the move signals that they believe prospect Gary Sanchez isn't far off from the majors. Nov 11 - 2:14 PM

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John Ryan Murphy could start over Brian McCann at catcher in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game.

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel dominates left-handed-hitters and the right-handed-hitting Murphy registered a nice .770 OPS versus southpaws this season. It's probably the correct move. The lefty-swinging McCann would be a nice bat off the bench in the winner-moves-on tilt at Yankee Stadium.
Oct 5 - 3:18 PM

Yankees recalled C J.R. Murphy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Murphy will serve as emergency depth at catcher for the Yankees over the final month of the regular season.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 03:29:00 PM

Yankees optioned C J.R. Murphy to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Murphy held his own over his two months with the Yanks, batting .286/.308/.365, but he was no longer needed with Francisco Cervelli back from the DL. It would likely take another injury for him to return before September.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 06:15:00 PM

J.R. Murphy belted his first career home run on Saturday, powering the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Angels.

The 22-year-old backstop delivered a two-run single in the second inning, then took a Hector Santiago offering over the wall in left to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 and is now hitting .308/.308/.538 in his limited action this season.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Yankees recalled C John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Murphy got the call over Austin Romine and will serve as Brian McCann's backup now that Francisco Cervelli is sidelined with a hamstring injury. He's unlikely to have any fantasy value.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:47:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Yankees are likely to call up John Ryan Murphy to replace Francisco Cervelli (hamstring) on the active roster.

Most assumed that Austin Romine would get the call from Triple-A, but it will actually be Murphy. The 22-year-old backstop hit .154 (4-for-26) in his first taste of the majors last year and figures to see minimal playing time behind Brian McCann.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Yankees reassigned C John Ryan Murphy to minor league camp.

That leaves Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine in the competition to be Brian McCann's backup, with Cervelli having the edge. Murphy never had a chance.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 04:52:00 PM

John Ryan Murphy hit a three-run homer off Neil Wagner in the Yankees' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Yes, he is going by John Ryan, not J.R., this year; he said he's always preferred it, but that he didn't want to rock the boat previously. Murphy has a chance to be a decent major league regular behind the plate, but it doesn't look like that will happen in New York with Brian McCann locked up for five years. Most likely, he'll head back to Triple-A to begin this year, with Francisco Cervelli serving as McCann's caddie.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 04:58:00 PM

J.R. Murphy will make his first career start behind the plate when the Yankees battle the Red Sox on Saturday.

The 22-year-old backstop will hit ninth for the Yankees against opposing southpaw Jon Lester. He's already appeared in five games since his promotion on September 1, going 2-for-3 and scoring a pair of runs.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Yankees purchased the contract of C J.R. Murphy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Murphy has hit .269/.347/.426 with 12 homers between Double- and Triple-A this season. He'll be used as the team's third catcher.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Yankees GM Brian Cashman wouldn't rule out J.R. Murphy being called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

With Francisco Cervelli sidelined, the Yankees have struggled to get offensive production from Chris Stewart and Austin Romine, so Murphy could eventually be an option at the major league level. "I’ve been open to anything that makes sense, but the market is completely barren," Cashman said. "If you’re looking at a catcher, then probably a guy we’ll focus on is J.R. Murphy more than anybody else. I’m not saying we’d do anything, but if you’re looking at alternatives, that’s the most realistic one we got."
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 10:30:00 AM