Baseball America didn’t show David Murphy any respect in its pre-season prospect rankings… in fact, he wasn’t listed ANYWHERE in their pre-season Top 100 Prospects (BA listed Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Hansen and Dustin Pedroia among their Top 100… Pedroia at #77 was the lowest rated of the four).
When I returned from Spring Training in March, I rated Murphy as the Sox’ fourth best prospect—ahead of Pedroia—and wrote the following about him:
I wasn’t sold on this guy last year… but after what I saw in Florida within the last ten days I must confess that I AM SOLD. He hit the ball HARD in Ft Myers. He appears to have decent range and a plus-arm in the outfield.
And I came away from Spring Training believing he could become what everyone has historically believed Trot Nixon would become… but Trot just never seemed to get over the hump.
Murphy is still only 24 years old. He is listed at 6’3”, 195 lbs… but he looked bigger than that to me in Florida… he appears to me to be much larger than I remember him being. He has a beautiful swing, a good eye at the plate, and great discipline… and in that respect he reminds me of a young John Olerud.
Murphy seems to be growing into a player worthy of such heady praise. Since being promoted from Portland to Pawtucket, he has been on fire—hitting .339 with 10 walks and just seven strikeouts in 59 Triple-A at-bats.
And Baseball America has suddenly jumped on the Murphy Bandwagon—rating him as its #8 Prospect in its most recent In-Season Prospects Report.