Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/5

Donald Murphy, 2B, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 138th Overall (5th Round), 2002 Draft, Orange Coast CC
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 5'10", 180 lbs

Ruben Gotay is starting in KC at second right now, and Tony Pena likes what he's seeing. He'll probably like Murphy as well. I think the two are very similar as players. They're both small, scrappy middle infielders with a mediocre glove, gap power, and above average plate discipline and ability to make contact. A late season slump drug his rate stats down. After hitting .313/.397/.425 in Burlington in 2003, he hit .256/.328/.404 this season in Wilmington. Obviously, almost all of his losses were from batting average. He still smacked 47 extra base hits and drew 54 walks in 485 at bats. That's good for a second baseman in a league that's tough on hitters. I think he'll rebound.

ETA: Mid-2006
3 Stars

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