Jack Murphy (baseball)
Murphy with the Canberra Cavalry
April 6, 1988 |
John Joseph "Jack" Murphy (born April 6, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays played in their minor league affiliate system from 2009-2015. Murphy has also played three seasons for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League, being named an All-Star in all 3 seasons. In 2013, the team won the Australian Championship and the 2013 Asia Series Championship, and in 2014, Murphy was named Canberra's most valuable player.
Toronto Blue Jays
Murphy was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, and assigned to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. He was later promoted to the Short-Season A Auburn Doubledays, and finished the 2009 season with a .268 batting average, 3 home runs, and 22 RBI. In 2010, Murphy played 35 games with the Doubledays, and 2 with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts. He batted .220 with 3 home runs and 13 RBI. He played 50 games in Lansing in 2011, earning a late promotion to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and finished the year with a .220 average, 3 home runs, and 24 RBI.
2012 saw Murphy play in a career-high 94 games, most of which were with the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays. He also recorded career-highs in home runs and RBI, with 12 and 55 respectively. In the offseason, Murphy played for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League, and batted .304 with 5 home runs and 22 RBI. In 2013, Murphy played 56 games with New Hampshire and 3 with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, batting .220 with 3 home runs and 22 RBI. He again played with Canberra in the offseason, batting .306 with 2 home runs and 27 RBI. Canberra would go on to win the Australian Championship that season, defeating the Perth Heat. Murphy returned to the Fisher Cats for most of the 2014 season, playing 42 games in New Hampshire and 11 in Buffalo. He batted a combined .221 with 6 home runs and 17 RBI. In his third season with Canberra, Murphy won the team's Silver Slugger and MVP awards, batting .353 with 6 home runs and 37 RBI. The Blue Jays invited him to 2015 spring training after the Australian season ended.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Murphy was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 13, 2015, for Darwin Barney. The Dodgers assigned him to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin the season. He was in 73 games for Oklahoma City, hitting .250. He returned to Oklahoma City the following season, where he hit .137 in 48 games.
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