John Ryan Murphy

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John Ryan Murphy
J. R. Murphy - Yankees @ Orioles - September 09, 2013.jpg
Murphy with the Yankees in 2013
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 36
Born: (1991-05-13) May 13, 1991 (age 26)
Bradenton, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .236
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 28

John Ryan Murphy (born May 13, 1991), also known as J. R. Murphy is an American professional baseball catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.


High school[edit]

Murphy attended The Pendleton School at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[1] He played for the school's baseball team as a pitcher and third baseman in his freshman year of high school, moving to catcher for his sophomore season.[2] In his senior year, Murphy had a .627 batting average, with 11 home runs and 66 runs batted in (RBIs).[1]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Murphy committed to the University of Miami, where he would play college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes. However, he was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and signed with them for a $1.25 million signing bonus.[2] He played for the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2010, and returned to Charleston for the start of the 2011 season.[2] He received a promotion to the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League at midseason. The Yankees invited Murphy to spring training in 2012.[3]

Murphy in 2015

Murphy began the 2013 season with the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League. On June 13, 2013, the Yankees promoted Murphy to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, the highest level in minor league baseball.[4] Murphy had a .269 batting average with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in Trenton and Scranton.

New York Yankees[edit]

On September 1, 2013, Murphy was called up to the Yankees when rosters were expanded,[5] pinch-hitting a single in his first major league at-bat on September 2, 2013, against the Chicago White Sox.[6] He made his first major league start on September 14.[7] He was behind the plate during Mariano Rivera's last game at Yankees stadium.

Murphy competed with Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine to be the backup catcher for the Yankees in spring training in 2014.[8] Cervelli won the job, and Murphy was optioned to the minor leagues.[9] Cervelli suffered a hamstring injury on April 13, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list, resulting in the Yankees calling up Murphy to replace Cervelli as the backup catcher.[10] On April 26, 2014, Murphy hit his first career home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Yankee Stadium and also notched his very first multi-RBI game by driving in a total of three runs.[11] Murphy remained with the Yankees until June 17, when Cervelli was activated from the disabled list and Murphy was optioned back down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.[12]

The Yankees traded Cervelli in the 2014–15 offseason, and Murphy competed with Romine in spring training to be McCann's backup for the 2015 season.[13] Murphy won the competition, and Romine was designated for assignment.[14] On July 23, 2015, Murphy hit a single off both the second-base and third-base bags.[15] On July 25, Murphy hit a game winning three run home run against Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins to finish off a comeback win from 5–0 at Target Field in Minneapolis, his second career home run.[16] Murphy finished the 2015 season with a .277 batting average and three home runs in 172 plate appearances.[17]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

The Yankees traded Murphy to the Minnesota Twins for Aaron Hicks on November 11, 2015.[17][18] Murphy started the 2016 season as the backup catcher to Kurt Suzuki. On May 6, 2016, after beginning the season 3-for-40 (.075), the Twins optioned Murphy to the Rochester Red Wings of the International League.[19] He returned to Rochester to start the 2017 season after losing the backup catching job to veteran Chris Gimenez.[20]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On July 27, 2017, the Twins traded Murphy to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Gabriel Moya.[21] The Diamondbacks assigned Murphy to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, and promoted him to the major leagues on September 1.[22]


Murphy grew up as a fan of the Boston Red Sox.[23]


  1. ^ a b Lembo, John (June 7, 2009). "Pendleton School's Murphy excited about MLB Draft". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Miller, Andrew (June 1, 2011). "Charleston RiverDogs' John Ryan Murphy just wants his shot: 'It doesn't matter where I play'". The Post and Courier. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Yankees invite 27 players to Spring Training" (Press release). February 8, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ DiPietro, Lou (June 13, 2013). "Yankees promote catcher John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A". YES Network. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Vitale, Josh (September 1, 2013). "Adams returns to Yanks, catcher Murphy also up". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schonbrun, Zach (September 2, 2013). "With Eight-Run Fourth, Yankees Roll Past White Sox". The New York Times. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ Hoch, Bryan (September 14, 2013). "Murphy makes first big league start behind plate". Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ McCarron, Anthony (December 2, 2013). "Yankees' Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine ahead of J.R. Murphy in competition to be Brian McCann's backup | New York Daily News". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Castillo, Jorge (March 24, 2014). "Yankees select Francisco Cervelli as backup catcher". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Martin, Dan (April 15, 2014). "Yankees call up Scott Sizemore, John Ryan Murphy | New York Post". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ McCarron, Anthony (April 28, 2014). "Catcher John Ryan Murphy a revelation for Yankees". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ Collier, Jamal; Kring-Schreifels, Jake (June 17, 2014). "Cervelli rejoins Yanks; Murphy optioned to Triple-A". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ McCarron, Anthony (February 14, 2015). "Austin Romine determined to be Yankees' backup catcher". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ Rieber, Anthony (April 4, 2015). "Yankees choose John Ryan Murphy over Austin Romine". Newsday. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Murphy singles twice off bases". July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins July 25, 2015". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Twins trade OF Aaron Hicks to Yankees for C John Ryan Murphy". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ Harper, John (February 10, 2016). "GM Brian Cashman takes the Daily News inside the Yankees' offseason trades". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Murphy sent down, Mastroianni and Centeno up as Twins make flurry of moves". Fox Sports. May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
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  21. ^ "D-backs Acquire John Ryan Murphy from Twins for Gabriel Moya". July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
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  23. ^ Araton, Harvey (September 27, 2013). "Young Catcher Can Help Tell Ending to Rivera's Story". The New York Times. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 

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