Chris Murphy Greenville Drive Pitcher

Age: 23
Born: June 5, 1998
Birthplace: Mission Hills, CA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
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: JJ Altobelli
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 (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @chrismurphy07
Instagram: @chrismurphy08

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  Physical Description: Athletic frame with some remaining projection. Looks bigger than listed. Average lower half, medium build.

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 arm action. Slight arm hook with some effort behind. Does not consistently finish delivery and can lose release point at times.

Fastball: 90-94 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Works all over the zone. Command needs work. Especially to the glove side. Much more comfortable locating arm-side at present. May have over-relied on his fastball in college. Potential average pitch.

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. Has improved significantly since he joined the organization. Potential average pitch.

Curveball: 73-75 mph. Deep, 1-to-7 break. Has some feel for spin, but does not consistently get over the ball. When he does, shows the ability to backdoor it for a strike or induce swinging strikes out of the zone. Potential average pitch.
  Slider: 80-84 mph. More horizontal with shorter break. Pitch is tighter than his curveball. Potential below-average pitch.

Career Notes: Not drafted out of high school, but was recruited by several top Division I colleges in California. 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 more than 6 batters per 9 innings. Then-pitching crosschecker Chris Mears strongly advocated for the Red Sox to select Murphy in the 2019 Draft. Cut down on walks dramatically after signing, apparently immediately fixing the one issue the kept him from being selected earlier in the draft, reportedly thanks to minor mechanical tweaks. Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.

Summation: Ceiling of a back-end starter with an intriguing four-pitch mix. Needs to show that his drastic improvement in his control after signing was legitimate to stick as a starter. Misses a lot of bats, but pitch counts may prevent him from going deep into games. Could also develop into a high-leverage reliever if starting does not work out.

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    Pitching 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
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 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 0 1 0.000 1.08 10 10 0 33.1 23 6 4 1 7 34 0.90 4.86 9.18
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    2021 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
2021 Greenville HAE A+ Bos 23     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Pitcher of the Week (August 8-16, 2019)
2019 Rookie of the Year
2020 Pre-Season All-Star

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