Chris Murphy Lowell Spinners Pitcher

       
 
Age: 21
Born: June 5, 1998
Birthplace: Mission Hills, CA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 6th round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: San Diego
High School: Granada Hills (CA)

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First Pro Contract: June 12, 2019
Signing Scout: -
Signing Bonus: $200,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: July 9, 2019 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @chrismurphy07
Instagram: @chrismurphy08

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Athletic frame with some remaining projection. Looks bigger than listed.

Mechanics: Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, starting on the third base side of the rubber. Takes two small steps before a medium leg kick. Drives towards the plate with a big stride and gets plus extension. Left leg kicks up on follow-through, can tend to fall off towards third base post delivery. Quick, compact and mostly clean arm action. Slight arm hook behind. Doesn’t consistently finish delivery and can lose release point at times.

Fastball: 90-94 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Works all over the zone. Struggled with control issues in college, but the organization thinks those issues can be mitigated with some tweaks. May have over-relied on his fastball in college.

Changeup: 80-82 mph. Pitch shows late fade down and away from right-handed hitters. Thrown with deceptive arm speed. Will throw in any count. Inconsistent with his release of the pitch at times.

Curveball: 73-75 mph. Sweepy 1-7 break. Has some feel for spin, but doesn’t consistently get over breaking ball.
  Slider: 81-83 mph. More horizontal with shorter break. Pitch is tighter than his curveball.

Career Notes:
Not drafted out of high school, but was recruited by several top Division I colleges in California. Was a Collegiate Freshman All-American his first year at San Diego. Played for Brewster in the Cape Cod League in 2018, struggling with control issues. Had a fairly impressive junior season at San Diego, despite walking 43 batters in 61 innings.

Summation:
Ceiling of a back-end starter with his intriguing four-pitch mix. Will really need to improve his control to stick as a starter. Misses a lot of bats, but pitch counts may be an issue that prevents him from going deep into games. Could also develop into a high-leverage reliever if starting doesn’t work out.

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  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2017 San Diego NCAA Coll --- 19 3 4 0.429 4.17 17 12 1 69.0 60 33 32 6 35 89 1.38 2.54 11.61
  2018 San Diego NCAA Coll --- 20 6 5 0.545 4.20 13 13 0 81.0 72 44 38 4 37 91 1.34 2.46 10.07
  2019 San Diego NCAA Coll --- 21 4 3 0.571 3.50 13 12 1 64.0 44 28 25 3 43 87 1.35 2.02 12.17
   
     
    2019 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
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