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10/18/1981 (35 y, 4 m, 4 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 17, Overall: 17, Team: Boston Red Sox
$0.2M / 1 Years (2016)
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Murphy provides interesting upside for a guy who probably won’t get a lot of love on draft day. With no regular starting job, he’ll be a tough guy for owners to be too aggressive on, but he’s the main reserve for two injury prone corner outfielders and a starting center fielder who can’t hit. Odds are good that Murphy is going to play an awful lot, and his gap power and above average speed give him an outside chance at a 20-20 season if he lands in an everyday role. Even if he’s just a frequently used reserve, double digit steals can be expected, which make him a nifty backup at least in traditional leagues. Don’t be too afraid of taking a shot at Murphy – between questions about all three outfielders, Michael Young’s future with the organization, and whether Mitch Moreland can avoid the sophomore slump, there are a lot of ways for Murphy to end up with significant playing time in 2011. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
For people who focus on depth charts, Murphy will fly under the radar. Be willing to use a roster spot on Murphy, as shorting the performance and durability of five Rangers' starters is a pretty good idea.
Murphy didn't sustain his career-best offensive output from 2010, drawing fewer walks (9.6 percent to 7.5 percent), hitting for less power (.158 ISO to .126) and seeing his batting average on balls in play drop from .324 to .299. He also wasn't as successful on the bases, with 11 stolen bases and six caught stealings after going 14-for-16 in 2010. Murphy's main problem at the plate was a skyrocketing ground ball rate, as he hit a grounder 54 percent of the time, compared to 44 percent the previous season. Murphy seems to be penciled in for the same role he has had since 2008: a platoon left fielder who hits righties well (.290/.353/.482 in nearly 1,500 plate appearances) and doesn't often see the light of day against same-handed pitching (.253/.298/.349 in about 500 PA against lefties). (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Murphy isn't a bad player, but you should be aiming higher than a 30-year-old platoon outfielder whose ISO has dropped each season in the majors.
Finally getting a chance to almost play every day, David Murphy strutted his stuff during the 2012 campaign, ending the season with his best offensive performance to date. Murphy may be on the wrong side of 30, but he should still be able to post quality numbers once again in 2013. Expecting the left-hander to match his .304 batting average is unrealistic, but reaching his .285 career mark is entirely likely. Assuming Murphy can escape the injury bug, double-digit homers and steals are also likely, making Murphy an intriguing fourth outfielder in standard mixed-leagues. If he can keep some of his 2012 gains against lefty pitching, there's upside to be third outfielder. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
David Murphy is now entrusted with an everyday job in Texas, and another solid campaign as a fourth fantasy outfielder is on the horizon.
After six full seasons in Texas, including a very disappointing 2013, David Murphy signed a two-year pact with the Indians over the winter, where he will presumably platoon in one of the team’s corner outfield spots. He moves to Cleveland after two final bipolar seasons in Texas. While 2012 was the best of his career (including a .369 weighted on-base average) 2013 was his worst (.289 wOBA). Much of this decrease stems from a drop in batting average on balls in play, as his mark of .227 last year is well below his career average of .302. Similarly his fine 2012 was aided by a career high .333 BABIP. The truth, as always, is probably somewhere in the middle. With bounce back potential there, Murphy could provide value. Still, Murphy will never hit much against lefties, and his value is therefore limited to his playing time. Consider him a platoon final outfielder in most leagues with deeper benches. (
The Quick Opinion:
A batting average on balls in play that was 70 points below his career average contributed to Murphy’s worst season ever in 2013. His playing time is limited since he can’t hit lefties, but Murphy makes a solid cheap buy for 2014, his first season in Cleveland.
David Murphy's final two seasons in Texas were polar opposites. He was spectacular in 2012, batting .304 with a .380 on-base percentage and 15 homers, creating runs at a clip 30% better than league average. In 2013, everything regressed and he was 25% worse than league average. After signing with Cleveland in the offseason, he split the difference, posting almost exactly league-average numbers. And at 33 years old, that's about the most we can reasonably expect moving forward. He's lost a step in the field and on the bases, he no longer calls the hitter-friendly Ballpark at Arlington his home, and the arrival of Brandon Moss leaves Murphy's playing time situation cloudy at best. Murphy has had 440 plate appearances in each of the last seven seasons, but with the way the Indians roster is shaping up, that number seems like a hard one to reach. Until somebody in Cleveland gets hurt, Murphy will serve as a fourth outfielder, and even then, his struggles against lefties limit him to a platoon role. Murphy offers little in the way of upside. (
The Quick Opinion:
Murphy bounced back from a miserable 2013 season to do what he's done throughout the course of his career: be just about average at everything. However, age will soon begin taking its toll on the 33-year-old and playing time will be hard to come by in a crowded Indians outfield. Until he becomes anything more than a platoon bat off the bench, you can ignore Murphy in fantasy.
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