2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Sean Murphy
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Sean Murphy and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Oakland A's catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
With fantasy owners searching for upside at catcher, Sean Murphy will enter 2020 as an upside target. Murphy launched four home runs in his limited sample last year in only 60 plate appearances with a .245/.333/.566 slash line. He scored 14 runs while driving in eight for Oakland after his promotion from Triple-A. Murphy only appeared in 31 games at Triple-A before his ascension to the majors with a robust .308/.386/.625 slash hitting ten home runs with 30 RBI in only 140 plate appearances.
It can be tough to trust a catcher with only 99 games played between Double and Triple-A. Here’s his spray chart from the two levels over the last two seasons:
During 2018, Murphy hit .288/.358/.498 a walk rate of eight percent and a 16.3-percent strikeout rate. Last year at Triple-A, Murphy owned a 10.7-percent walk rate and a 22.1-percent strikeout rate. It’s interesting Murphy pulled the ball in 51.4 percent of his batted ball data with Oakland last year, but his heat map from 2018...