Chris Murphy Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 24
Born: June 5, 1998
Birthplace: Mission Hills, CA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 6th round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: San Diego
High School: Granada Hills (CA)
ETA: Mid 2023

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First Pro Contract: June 12, 2019
Signing Scout: JJ Altobelli
Signing Bonus: $200,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: July 9, 2019 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @chrismurphy07
Instagram: @chrismurphy08

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Athletic frame with minimal remaining projection. Looks bigger than listed. Average lower half, medium build.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot, starting on the third base side of the rubber. Takes two small steps before a medium leg kick. Drives towards the plate with a big stride and gets good extension. Left leg kicks up on follow-through. Can tend to fall off towards third base post-delivery. Quick, compact arm action. Slight arm hook with some effort behind. Does not consistently finish delivery and can lose release point at times.

Fastball: 90-93 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Control comes and goes in outings. Command is inconsistent, but has improved in 2022. Struggles especially with locating to the glove side. Much more comfortable locating arm-side at present. Potential average pitch with refined command.

Changeup: 83-85 mph. Pitch shows late fade down and away from right-handed hitters. Thrown with deceptive arm speed. Will throw in any count. Inconsistent with his release at times. Has improved significantly since he joined the organization. Advanced feel now and his best secondary pitch. Potential above-average pitch.

Curveball: 73-76 mph. Deep, 1-to-7 break. Has some feel for spin, but does not consistently get over the ball. When he does, shows the ability to backdoor it for a strike or induce swinging strikes out of the zone. Potential average pitch.

Slider: 80-84 mph. More horizontal with shorter break. Pitch is tighter than his curveball. Can be effective when used in sequence with his other pitches. Mostly designed to steal a strike early in the count. Potential below-average pitch.
  Career Notes: Not drafted out of high school, but was recruited by several top Division I colleges in California. Played for Brewster in the Cape Cod League in 2018, struggling with control issues. Had a fairly impressive junior season at San Diego despite walking more than 6 batters per 9 innings. Then-pitching crosschecker Chris Mears strongly advocated for the Red Sox to select Murphy in the 2019 Draft. Cut down on walks dramatically after signing, apparently immediately fixing the one issue that kept him from being selected earlier in the draft, reportedly thanks to minor mechanical tweaks. Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Posted extreme splits in 2021, dominating left-handed hitters (.401 OPS, 0 HR) but getting hit very hard by right-handers (.914 OPS, 21 HR), but this has not carried forward into 2022. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Summation: Potential multi-inning relief arm and spot starter. Ceiling of a back-end starter. Lacks a standout pitch, but has three average-to-better pitches and a fourth that can be effective when used on occasion. Needs to improve consistency with secondary pitches and command to allow him to work deeper into games and develop into a consistent starter. Chances of starting are better now than in the past now that he has shown he can consistently get right-handed hitters out, something he really struggled with coming into this year. Ability to miss bats has come and gone this year and will need to show more consistency there if he is to stick as a starter.

Links
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Scouting Report Update (8.12.2020)
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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2017 San Diego NCAA Coll --- 19 3 4 0.429 4.17 17 12 1 69.0 60 33 32 6 35 89 1.38 2.54 11.61
  2018 San Diego NCAA Coll --- 20 6 5 0.545 4.20 13 13 0 81.0 72 44 38 4 37 91 1.34 2.46 10.07
  2019 San Diego NCAA Coll --- 21 4 3 0.571 3.50 13 12 1 64.0 44 28 25 3 43 87 1.35 2.02 12.17
  2019 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 21 0 1 0.000 1.08 10 10 0 33.1 23 6 4 1 7 34 0.90 4.86 9.18
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville Drive HAE A+ Bos 23 5 3 0.625 4.21 14 14 0 68.1 62 35 32 17 23 81 1.24 3.52 10.70
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 23 3 2 0.600 5.45 7 6 0 33.0 30 21 20 4 13 47 1.30 3.62 12.80
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 24     stats                            
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 24     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
Double-A Northeast Pitcher of the Week (August 16-22, 2021)
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 8-16, 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com Rookie of the Year
2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (September 6-12, 2021)
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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