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J.R. Murphy adds depth and a decent bat to the Yankees catching corps.
J.R. Murphy is a 22-year-old catcher out of Bradenton, Florida. Since joining the Yankees in 2009, he has advanced at least one level each season.
This year started with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, and after 49 games Murphy was promoted to Triple-A Scranton where he played in 59 games before the September call-up.
In 2013, the young backstop has been remarkably consistent. At Trenton he hit .268 and with Scranton his average was .270. At both stops he showed some power, hitting a total of 12 home runs in the combined 108 games.
Behind the plate he still requires some growth as he has been charged with 13 passed balls in 2013, but he has thrown out potential base stealers at a 37 percent rate. By contrast, primary catcher Chris Stewart has a 32 percent CS rate.
Already manager Girardi has shown a willingness to give Murphy game action, letting him pinch hit for Robinson Cano in the eighth inning of a blowout 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 2.
Making the most of the opportunity given to him, Murphy singled in that solitary at-bat.
With some valuable September experience under his belt, and with continued development behind the plate, Murphy will certainly be among the catchers competing for the starting job in the Bronx just a few short years down the road.