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Alex Murphy

Born: 10/05/1994 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 210
Primary Position: C
Frame is maxed; sturdy top with broad shoulders; thick bottom half.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/28/2014
Dates Seen 6/23/2014, 6/24/2014, 6/27/2014
Affiliate Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 Medium 40 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 35 Average bat speed; keeps hands consistent through zone; minimal noise from elbow and wrists; feet can become noisy from extreme hip torque; swing is more muscled than quick; struggles to identify spin; exploited on SL and CB throughout my entire look; able to muscle a few for singles; high end velocity was too much for him; bat seemed a tick behind.
Power 50 Swing has slight lift; violent with extreme hip torque; hits the ball hard; muscles up at times; going to hit his fair-share of homeruns from pure strength; plus raw power; hit tool likely hinders in-game production once he moves to higher levels.
Baserunning/Speed 40 Not a weapon; clocked 4.38 from home to first; not a terrific second gear; athletic player; frame not ideal for speed.
Glove 40 Works low; shows ability to block ball in dirt parallel to his body in front of him; footwork is average; not slow, but there is a slight delay instinctively; struggled blocking a few outside sliders; pitch framing is average; moves glove too much at times in attempt to get a called strike.
Arm 45 Pop times of 1.96, 1.97, 2.00, 2.13; good arm strength but more muscled than arm speed; likely maxed out already; throws are fairly accurate; mild tailspin; not a weapon; 2.13 pop time was on a ball in the dirt.

Murphy is a High School prospect which looks to be fully maxed in terms of his body frame and general skill set. I do not envision much growth in terms of potential for Murphy, as he really seems to have hit his peak in most areas of his game. More repetitions might increase his level of play behind the plate, but the bat likely remains what it is currently. Murphy is not similar to most prospects in short-season ball, as he looks more like a college guy that was just drafted this season. Inability to recognize spin and the average bat speed with violent torque might hinder his ability to provide any impact with the bat at higher levels.

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