- J.R. Murphy: New York Yankees Catching Prospect
Barring unforeseen circumstances, J.R. Murphy isn’t going to be the New York Yankees’ starting catcher anytime soon. Not with Brian McCann inked to a five-year contract worth $85 million
- Vlad, Murphy, And Potential Second Guessers
last night, you can see it quite plainly in the videos of Guerrero's two errors at the link in the first sentence.
Guerrero's decline in the field evokes memories of Ken Griffey Jr late in his
- How Unlikely Is Daniel Murphy's Streak?
Daniel Murphy chose a really good time to play some really good baseball. He's hit home runs in six straight games, with a chance to extend that streak once the World Series commences on Tuesday
- Red Sox Playing Time Battles: Hitters
, as well. There are a lot of uninspiring corner-infield options in the organization.
Left Field, 4th(/5th) OF
Two outfield positions seem pretty set with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts
- Blake Murphy's 10 Bold Predictions
- Roto Riteup: July 27, 2016
- Roto Riteup: July 26, 2016
after scratching my chin at Melvin Upton Jr. sitting out the Padres-Blue Jays game I attended. Woke up to find out Melvin Upton Jr. may be playing in the other dugout of the Padres-Blue Jays game I’ll
- Roto Riteup: August 20, 2016
. Speaking of which, the Cubs placed Hector Rondon on the DL (alongside John Lackey), which means Carl Edwards Jr. is probably now the appropriate Aroldis Chapman handcuff/hold play. Carls Jr. owns a 3.68
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 9/26 – For Draftstreet
playing time). Guthrie strikes nobody out but keeps the ratios in check and should go at least six innings; at this price, you hope for four Ks and maybe a W.
Eric Young Jr. - $7,373
- Roto Riteup: May 19, 2016
a .274 average with a pair of homers and steals at Triple-A.
JBJ extends streak twice in one day
Jackie Bradley Jr. is on one right now. Or on two, rather. The Red Sox outfielder hit in both ends
- Roto Riteup: May 27, 2016
Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak came to an end at 29 games yesterday. Obviously, it’s a massive failing of John Farrell for changing his lineup position and not at all because getting a hit in 30
- Roto Riteup: June 1, 2016
than a week after Jackie Bradley Jr. saw his hitting streak snapped at 29. This is your top “must avoid” team for streaming, as their 126 wRC+ is now 10 points higher than the next best offense
- Roto Riteup: July 21, 2016
Choo to the DL (again) with back inflammation. Mitch Moreland, Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar, and Delino DeShields Jr. probably all stand to gain a bit of playing time to help fill the void.
- Roto Riteup: July 23, 2016
(and aren’t left with your stack in your pocket).
In any case, here are the names rumored to potentially head to the American League on Friday: Andrew Cashner, Melvin Upton Jr., Anthony DeSclafani
- Daily Fantasy Strategy — July 5 — For Draftstreet
Jackie Bradley Jr
- Roto Riteup: June 21, 2016
is in the middle of a career year for the Cubs. The team is hopeful it’s a short DL stint, and in that time they’ll get a longer look at prospect Albert Almora Jr., who’s hit .333 in limited action so far
- Roto Riteup: July 5, 2016
are a little underwhelming, Kennys Vargas is getting the call and was hitting well at Triple-A; Kris Bryant suffered a leg contusion colliding with Albert Almora Jr. but isn’t expected to miss time
- Roto Riteup: August 9, 2016
In other DL news, Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar is headed there with a thumb injury the team is hoping only requires the minimum 15 days. Melvin Upton Jr. should find his way to regular at-bats
- Daily Fantasy Strategy — July 20 — For Draftstreet
- Blake Murphy's 10 Bold Predictions for 2016
in OBP leagues, but in standard formats, a guy with 25-plus home run power at the keystone should be going before No. 18.
8. Tom Murphy somehow makes Paul Sporer look smarter than he already is
- Delino DeShields Jr. Deserves Your Attention
the spotlight entirely on him.
Sub-20% Ownership: Second Base
Delino DeShields Jr. (17%)
He has only played three innings at second base all year, but he played enough of it in the Minors
- Blake Murphy's 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions
- Ruben Amaro Jr. Says Teams “Over-Covet” Prospects; Is He Right?
Many are questioning the thought process behind Ruben Amaro Jr. standing pat at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Phillies have a lot of veterans under fairly large contracts. According
- It's Time to Buy into Daniel Murphy
Yesterday, Daniel Murphy went 4-5, hitting his fourth home run of the season in the process, and driving his batting line for 2016 up to .398/.449/.663. His 192 wRC+ ranks third best in the big
- Daniel Murphy: Underwhelming or underappreciated?
In 2013, Daniel Murphy defied all expectations by vaunting into the top-five tier of fantasy second basemen, making him one of the best bargains at the keystone sack and a tempting draft target back
- Is David Murphy Fantasy Relevant?
The Indians finalized their two-year, $12 million deal with David Murphy today. He's projected for two wins by Steamer, and in the past that front office has pegged the cost per win much higher than
- David Murphy: Undrafted
David Murphy hit over .300 with double-digit power and steals last season. He's in line for more playing time with Josh Hamilton gone. He just turned 31, so age is only a slight concern
- Daniel Murphy & Power Potential
Daniel Murphy has started to command more attention from fantasy owners. He amassed 600 plate appearances for the first time last year and has really locked down the everyday role at second base
- Young Cal Ripken, Jr.
Note to acolytes of "Great" Dayn Perry: I do this with Dayn's blessing, though he may regret that soon enough...
Young Cal Ripken, Jr., at just eleven years old, was already a shortstop
- Dodgers Grab Gwynn Jr.
outfielder role, but the only zombie star power relating to his name ends where the “Jr.” portion begins.
Signing Tony Gwynn Jr. for under $700K is a coup for any big league team. Although Gwynn’s 2009
- Daniel Murphy: A Surprise in the Top 5
In his fourth full big league season, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy finally fulfilled his fantasy promised and delivered great value to his owners. Likely drafted in the last two rounds or simply
- Tony Pena Jr., The Pitcher
Tony Pena Jr.’s quest to reach the majors as a pitcher is going swimmingly. Over the weekend Pena Jr. made his tenth appearance as a minor league pitcher. This marked his first as a pitcher in Triple
- Nationals Settle for Daniel Murphy's Adequacy
, but the big thing they've actually done is sign Daniel Murphy, pending a physical. According to reports, it's to be a three-year contract, worth $37.5 million.
You remember Murphy for his
- Jerry Jr. and The Amazing Hairstons
baseball families — his grandfather Sam, father Jerry Sr., uncle Johny, and brother Scott all reached the major leagues — and Jerry Jr. had more plate appearances than the rest of them combined
- The Cautionary Tale of J.R. Richard
was on players who “coulda been great”. J.R. Richard was one of those featured, and his numbers warrant a mention.
Beginning in 1975 and running through 1980, Richard had a streak of throwing least
- Ken Griffey, Jr.: Crimestopper
attention, courtesy of Albany's WNYT (which, I'm told, offers "coverage you can trust"):
ALBANY - Ken Griffey Jr.'s rookie baseball card has led to the arrest of two men by Albany Police as detectives
- The Greatness of Ken Griffey Jr
In a few hours, Ken Griffey Jr will be announced as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He may be joined by Mike Piazza, or he may end up going in alone, but there's no question
- David Murphy: A Platoon of His Own
David Murphy ranked 88th among outfielders in Zach Sanders' rankings, worth negative $5. His disappointing season allowed the Cleveland Indians to sign the 32-year-old platoon outfielder
- Let's Talk About Daniel Murphy
, the two-headed Kershaw/Greinke monster from Los Angeles, the Cubs' young bats, and the Mets' young arms.
Enter, against this backdrop, Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy, who prior
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: David Murphy
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: David Murphy.
- Q&A: David Murphy, Underrated Ranger
David Murphy isn’t a star. The former first-round draft pick -- 17th overall by the Red Sox in 2003 -- has never been able to establish himself as more than a solid player. Coming into the season
- The Daily Grind: Jimenez, Hand, Murphy
Daily DFS - Jimenez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Wright, Hand, Murphy, Gose
1. MLBTR League
It hasn't been my best season for traditional
- Spotted: David Murphy, Possibly Surveying Confederate Dead
While the following image was not definitively taken moments after David Murphy felled Mark Reynolds, that treasonous Reb, at Antietam with one shot from an Enfield rifle, it probably
- Who Shot J.R.(Towles' Career)?
Remember J.R. Towles? A few years back, Towles was the cream of a rather barren crop of Astros prospects. Baseball America rated the backstop as Houston's top farm talent prior to the 2008 season
- Andruw Jones and Ken Griffey Jr.
, then experienced a significant drop-off in value from that point on. That other player is Ken Griffey Jr. More on him later.
Andruw Jones came up with the Atlanta Braves in 1996, making his Major
- Can Daniel Murphy Survive BABIP Drop?
Daniel Murphy entered the 2008 season not even among the Mets’ top 10 prospects according to Baseball America. Prospect maven John Sickels gave him a “C” grade but called him a sleeper. Yet Murphy
- Ruben Amaro, Jr. and the Art of Deflection
right now, waiting to be printed -- to change the world forever.
Here are a few such books:
The Art of Deflection by Ruben Amaro, Jr.
The Phillies GM and former player provides sage advice
- Jackie Bradley Jr. and The Hype Machine
Spring Training stats don't mean much of anything, but the Red Sox couldn't ignore the .419/.507/.613 batting line Jackie Bradley Jr. put up in camp. With a spare bench spot thanks to David Ortiz's
- A Brief Post Capitalizing on Daniel Murphy's Unlikely Success
The purpose of this post, nominally, is to provide some manner of brief but substantive comment on the exploits of second baseman Daniel Murphy, which player just recorded his sixth home run
- Spotted: Ken Griffey Jr.'s Van
, immediately, I know what you're thinking: That can't be Ken Griffey Jr.'s van. But, look, here's my point, and please, hear me out: It probably is.
Either that's Ken Griffey Jr.'s van, or there's another
- Do We All Still Underrate Daniel Murphy?
for draft picks and prospect upgrades. (Without boring you with too many details, each of the 12 teams keeps eight major-league players per year.)
Daniel Murphy is one guy I was openly shopping
- Why David Murphy is the Most Underrated Signing of the Offseason
On November 20th, the Cleveland Indians signed outfielder David Murphy to a 2 year/12 million dollar contract, hoping to see a bounce-back pair of seasons from him after an atrocious 2013
- Unintentionally Found: Rob Murphy, OG Stat Nerd
around a couple of ideas for an article. One involved Murphy's internal dialog as he played a text-based computer game. Another had him hacking into the stadium's scoreboard.
But then I did a little
- The Currently Exploding Jackie Bradley, Jr.
It’s difficult to figure out where to start with Jackie Bradley Jr. You could start with his incredible defense, and actually that’s probably the right place to begin. You could look at this play
- Cleveland Signs David Murphy, Continues Loving Platoons
Former Texas Ranger David Murphy has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Indians. As of this writing, the details are still coming out, but the deal is said to be for two years
- Daniel Murphy and the Costliest Errors in World Series History
I know this isn't going to help, Mets fans. And I know this might seem like I'm picking on Daniel Murphy which isn't fair because Daniel Murphy, by himself, has never lost the Mets a game and Daniel
- David Murphy: Next Ranger In Line For An Extension?
Harrison who stays. They've been aggressive about signing players on the right side of 30 to multi-year extensions while eschewing the guys approaching their decline years. David Murphy could
- Eric Young Jr: Like Father, Like Son
I have to start this post off by admitting that I am un-apologetically one of the biggest Eric Young Jr. fans around, who has been lobbying for his presence amongst the Rockies' best prospects
- John Mayberry Jr's Strikeout Rate
- Delino DeShields Jr. Resembles Dad... Sort Of
first round picks in second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., third baseman Mike Kvasnicka and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. And while "Folty" was not in the cards, the two first rounders, power hitting first
- Josh Hamilton Out - Enter David Murphy
up, David Murphy. Murphy will probably play every day in the outfield for the next two months, and if you go back and pro-rate out his previous years, he looks like he could hit 20+ home runs and steal
- Chris Davis and David Murphy, in the [Pitching] Zone
For Chris Davis and David Murphy, “in the zone” doesn’t extend to the mound. Each has a successful pitching performance on his resume, but in neither case was there a feeling of being in command
- JABO: Daniel Murphy's Most Surprising Home Run
The postseason always provides some surprising storylines, but this year, nothing has been more unexpected than Daniel Murphy turning into Babe Ruth. The Mets second baseman is mostly known for his
- JABO: The Making of Postseason Legend Daniel Murphy
Murphy, who’s not yet one of those household names. An important part of the Mets during the past few years, yes, but never what anyone would call a superstar. Only now, after fueling another Mets win
- David Murphy & Carlos Villanueva: Waiver Wire
The fantasy season is starting to reach crunch time, so let's begin the week with two players who have recently taken on more prominent roles...
David Murphy | OF | Rangers | Owned: 12% Yahoo
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/13 – For Draftstreet
. This won’t, nay, can’t be pretty.
David Murphy - $5,128
There’s a similar story here, with no Rangers really being a poor choice. Esmil Rogers has been a pleasant surprise for my Toronto Blue Jays
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 7/4 – For Draftstreet
, but he’s hitting lefties decent and is underpriced given his power potential. If you can make room in the budget for a $10k hitter, Laser Show is a nice target, too.
Daniel Murphy - $6,715
- Position Battles: Rangers' OF, Pt. 2: Jones and Murphy
repeat performances. Now, let's turn our attention to a guy who has nowhere to go but up (Andruw Jones) and a sophomore fighting to stay in the lineup (David Murphy).
It's difficult to avert one's
- Murphy, Hosmer, Moreland & Smoak: 1B Risers/Fallers
Let's look at a pair of first baseman with their stock on the rise, and a pair with their stock heading south...
Daniel Murphy | Mets | Last 30 days: .373/.400/.573, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 12 R
- Vernon Wells and David Murphy: Waiver Wire Outfielders
, it could be quite helpful and inexpensive.
David Murphy, TEX |OF| Ownership: ESPN -- 32.0% Yahoo -- 38.0%
If you're in a mixed league, then there seem to be a few more choices to replace Ludwick
- Prospect Stock Watch: Alford, Chang, Murphy
Chang who will be ready for double-A in 2017 at the age of 21.
Tom Murphy | C | Rockies
Murphy will never be confused for a gold glove candidate but he plays his
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/9 – For Draftstreet
-weather game with the wind blowing lightly out to left field. And pray there’s no more #freebaseball in these games, unless you want to see David Murphy on the bump again.
The Daily Five
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 7/25 – For Draftstreet
There’s quite a bit of chaos in the Murphy household at the moment, so I didn’t have time to dive into more stadium-specific wind effects, but look for Wrigley Field data on Saturday.
As for today
- Relevant Week One Playing Time Surprises
it's tough to see him carving out a 400-PA role. Morgan would be a fine speed play, but Bourn and Michael Brantley are fairly well-entrenched, David Murphy already has the friendly side of a platoon
- Daily Fantasy Strategy — May 25 — For Draftstreet
(Vegas agrees, and the over/under for this one is set at nine).
David Murphy - $5,836
Lonnie Chisenhall - $5,505
Yan Gomes - $5,571
(And Michael Brantley at $8,677 if you can find the cash
- Roto Riteup: April 6, 2016
at projection systems pegging him for three or four this year, but mostly because of his reaction.
After sliding into the DMs https://t.co/jFIH3Aerwm
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 5, 2016
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/16 – For Draftstreet
. Chien-Ming Wang in Arlington? Yes, please. I pegged Crus because despite his 16 homers he comes much cheaper than teammate Adrian Beltre and, curiously, Jeff Baker (plus I’ve been burned on David Murphy
- Looking beyond surplus value for keeper decisions
6th: Brian Dozier, Anthony Rendon
7th: Jason Kipnis
8th: Ian Kinsler, Rougned Odor
11th: Addison Russell
12th: Kolten Wong
13th: D.J. LeMahieu
14th: Daniel Murphy, Dustin Pedroia
- Trea Turner and How Timing Impacts Late-Round Strategy
but confirmed will start – (or even Daniel Murphy) will stumble or get hurt. Turner's going to be needed at some point this year, it just might not be right away.
“He ran through the minor leagues
- So, Kevin Pillar is Probably Leading Off for the Blue Jays
Decision technically isn't official but it might as well be: Josh Donaldson will hit with 1 out and the bases empty in 70% of 1st innings.
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) March 19
- Roto Riteup: April 15, 2016
every year since. Sadly, he doesn’t have the power to take advantage of Coors Field if he were to get more playing time, and Tom Murphy remains the more intriguing depth behind Nick Hundley, who's being
- Roto Riteup: April 20, 2016
I like deGrom's infant son as a streaming option against the Braves. https://t.co/bXFa4i8OiV
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 19, 2016
Owners can confidently start deGrom
- Donnie Murphy & L.J. Hoes: Deep League Wire
for significant playing time.
Donnie Murphy | 3B CHC | CBS 8% Owned
Ever since starter Luis Valbuena was placed on the DL with an oblique injury early this month, Murphy has become
- The AL East War Of Attrition
infield help. Daniel Murphy from the cross-town Mets would fit the bill at second, which might be the better play considering they at least have an excellent defensive backup at short already
- The Draft Pick Compensation Paradox
have kept David Murphy (2 years, $12M), signed Chris Young (1/$7M) for outfield depth, improved behind the plate with Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3/$21M), and bolstered their rotation with Matt Garza (4
- New Opportunities: Brandon Allen & Jerry Hairston Jr.
Jr. Will they play a significant role in the last few weeks of your fantasy season?
Brandon Allen has been written about quite a bit on FanGraphs -- particularly because our own Eno Sarris
- Deep-League Waivers: Murphy, Pie, Dyson
with even the best laid plans. Let's hit on all three below, in the form of AL outfielders.
David Murphy, Rangers
It's time to get on board with the Murph. He started 2011 with a pinch-hit two-run
- For Sake of Reference: Footage of Tony Pena Jr. Pitching
of former major-league shortstop and current minor-league pitcher Tony Pena Jr.
What this post at NotGraphs is all about is rendering that service real hard. "To what end?" the reader might ask
- The Freshmen Report: Burns, DeShields Jr., Russell
and, although he’s off to a fast start (pun intended), he hasn’t proven that he’s a regular center-fielder just yet. Enjoy the offence while it lasts but don’t plan around him long term.
Delino DeShields Jr
- Ken Griffey Jr. Hates Norm MacDonald
for baseball fans, is Ken Griffey Jr.'s reaction to MacDonald's set. First, after Norm makes a Hideki Irabu joke (around 1:05 on the video), the camera pans over to Griffey, who is not pleased at all
- David Murphy on Four At-Bats vs Seattle
On June 10, David Murphy went 2 for 4 in a 9-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field. The Indians outfielder faced right-hander Taijuan Walker in his first three plate appearances. His