Sunday, February 13, 2005

Matt Murton Report

Matt Murton, OF, Chicago Cubs
Drafted 32nd Overall, 2003 Draft, Georgia Tech
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 226 lbs

Murton is a good, well-rounded player who was one of the many pieces of the midseason Nomar Garciaparra trade.

2004 Sarasota: .301/.372/.452 16 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 42 BB, 61 K, 376 AB
2004 Daytona: .253/.326/.367 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 BB, 10 K, 76 AB
Career: .290/.367/.425 28 2B, 7 3B, 15 HR, 77 BB, 110 K, 16 SB, 7 CS, 644 AB

There's nothing really spectacular about him. Good, but not great on base skills. Decent, but certainly not jaw-dropping power (he's mostly a line drive machine). His defense is good, but his arm is iffy, so he'll have to settle for being a left fielder with good range. He isn't a base-clogger, but he isn't a speed demon that you want to give an unlimited green light to.

All of this equals a solid, but unspectacular player, likely to be somewhere between solid regular and good 4th outfielder. Unless he has a big power spike that I don't see coming, he won't be a star. I also don't see him being overpowered in the high minors, so I don't see him as a flop.

ETA: Late 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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