Sean Murphy
24-Year-Old CatcherC
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Murphy spent the bulk of the 2018 season with Double-A Midland, posting a strong .288/.358/.498 line with eight homers in 68 games. Those numbers represented significant growth from his 53-game stint at the same level the season prior, when he hit just .209/.288/.309. The young backstop did miss a month and a half late in the season after undergoing wrist surgery, but he returned to play eight games at the end of the year, including his first three at the Triple-A level. That's probably the level at which he'll spend the bulk of this year, though he'll have a chance for at least some MLB at-bats, especially given the Athletics' lack of established options at his position. Scouting reports project Murphy as a fairly good defender, which should help him get playing time. He doesn't project for much more than average power or contact. Read Past Outlooks
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Out of Saturday's lineup
COakland Athletics
September 14, 2019
Murphy is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rangers.
ANALYSIS
He is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with four home runs and three doubles in his first eight big-league games, but the A's will continue to give him rest days after he missed significant time with knee injuries this season. Josh Phegley will start behind the dish and hit ninth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#9
1
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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#5
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#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.500 8 3 0 3 0 .625 .625 .875
Since 2017vs Right 1.375 24 8 4 5 0 .318 .375 1.000
2019vs Left 1.500 8 3 0 3 0 .625 .625 .875
2019vs Right 1.375 24 8 4 5 0 .318 .375 1.000
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+113%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+113%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .833 12 3 1 2 0 .250 .250 .583
Since 2017Away 1.772 20 8 3 6 0 .500 .550 1.222
2019Home .833 12 3 1 2 0 .250 .250 .583
2019Away 1.772 20 8 3 6 0 .500 .550 1.222
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Sean Murphy compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.467
 
ISO
.615
 
AVG
.423
 
OBP
.464
 
SLG
1.038
 
OPS
1.503
 
wOBA
.588
 
Exit Velocity
94.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
47.8%
 
Barrels/PA
10.7%
 
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Doubles barrage in win
COakland Athletics
September 14, 2019
Murphy went 3-for-4 with a walk, three doubles and four runs scored in Friday's 14-9 win over the Rangers.
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Workload to be managed carefully
COakland Athletics
September 13, 2019
Murphy, who is hitting .333 across his first 19 major-league plate appearances, will nevertheless have his workload monitored closely by manager Bob Melvin, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Leaves yard again
COakland Athletics
September 12, 2019
Murphy went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Astros on Wednesday.
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First career multi-homer night
COakland Athletics
September 11, 2019
Murphy went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's 21-7 rout of the Astros.
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Solo shot in MLB debut
COakland Athletics
September 5, 2019
Murphy made his first major-league start in a win over the Angels on Wednesday and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run.
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