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John Ryan Murphy | Catcher | #12

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / NYY
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Twins optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester.
Murphy has been in a timeshare with Kurt Suzuki but has managed just three hits in 40 at-bats this season. He'll get a chance to play every day at Rochester and should get another shot in the majors later this year. May 6 - 1:57 PM

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The Twins are expected to demote John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Murphy continued his season-long slump by going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Thursday. At this point he could probably use a change of scenery. Juan Centeno is expected to take Murphy's vacant roster spot.
May 5 - 9:57 PM

John Ryan Murphy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday, leaving him 3-for-40 on the season.

At least the Twins pitchers had been performing much better with Murphy catching than with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, well, at least until they gave up 16 runs in this one. The Twins might opt to send down Murphy to give him a chance to sort through his offensive struggles in the minors.
May 5 - 12:03 AM

John Ryan Murphy was ejected from Monday's game against the Astros.

Murphy was tossed after arguing balls and strikes while catching. He went 0-for-1 with a walk before being replaced by Kurt Suzuki behind the plate.
May 2 - 10:01 PM

John Ryan Murphy came to the plate with 11 men on base Thursday and ended up 0-for-5 against the Brewers.

Murphy has followed up an awful spring by going 2-for-21 to open the season. Kurt Suzuki isn't doing much, either, but Murphy isn't going to steal any playing time away from him at this rate.
Apr 21 - 5:11 PM

John Ryan Murphy went 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday to drop his spring average to .091.

The Twins were probably going to start Kurt Suzuki on Opening Day regardless of what Murphy did this spring, so it doesn't matter a whole lot that Murphy is 2-for-22. Murphy still figures to be the Twins' best catcher this year, and it'd be pretty disappointing if he's not the clear starter by June 1.
Mar 22 - 4:17 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 02:14:00 PM

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.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 03:18:00 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Nunez
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3Darin Mastroianni
RF1Miguel Sano
2Max Kepler
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Tyler Duffey
6Pat Dean
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Brandon Kintzler
3Fernando Abad
4Kevin Jepsen
5Trevor May
6Ryan Pressly
7Michael Tonkin
8Buddy Boshers
9Taylor Rogers
10Zack Jones
11Neil Ramirez