David Murphy playing for Baylor
Gary W. writes: I was wondering if Boston prospect David Murphy's recent rebirth has you re-thinking his place among the top minor legue hitters? Since July 1st, he's turned his season around in the EL.
Murphy has played very well lately, and is now hitting .287/.345/.436 on the season, with 22 doubles, 10 homers, and 12 steals. This is certainly more like what the Red Sox expected when they drafted him in the first round (out of Baylor) in '03.
Is his improvement for real?
Possibly. He turns 24 this October, and this is his first season in Double-A. Injuries were a big problem for him last year, and it seems that better health is helping him turn on the ball more effectively. He looked like a punch-and-judy hitter last year, but is now showing more of the gap power he demonstrated in college. I'm encouraged by his progress, but at this point I don't think he belongs on the Top 50 hitters list. I want to see more, but I can see him as a Grade B- type guy, which would put him in the 60s or 70s somewhere.