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J.R. Murphy | Catcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Princeton
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 2 - 3:29 PM

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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.
Jun 17 - 6:15 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.
Apr 26 - 4:16 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.
Apr 15 - 12:47 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.
Apr 15 - 11:41 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.
Mar 25 - 4:52 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.
Mar 2 - 4:58 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

Depth Charts

C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Stephen Drew
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Slade Heathcott
3Mason Williams
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
3Tyler Austin
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Brandon McCarthy
5Shane Greene
6Chris Capuano
7CC Sabathia
8Ivan Nova
9David Phelps
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Esmil Rogers
7David Huff
8Preston Claiborne
9Rich Hill
10Bryan Mitchell
11Chase Whitley
12Jose De Paula
13Daniel Burawa
14Branden Pinder