Playing his way up through quite possibly the best minor league system in baseball, J.R. Murphy has some serious competition before he makes it to the Big Show.
One Yankees blog, however, thinks the IMG Academy baseball program alum, who was recently moved up to the High-A Tampa Yankees, has what it takes to get there:
Scouting:Obviously, his bat has been the key to his prospect status from the start. Murphy has good pitch recognition and shows a lot of patience and calm at the plate, particularly for someone as young as he is. He has a compact swing and good bat speed which should help him hit for average in his career. He is not as big as Montero, but don't sleep on Murphy's power, as he makes good use of his legs and can hit to all fields...
Murphy projects as a major league starting catcher whose bat could be a real weapon. He is still a ways from reaching the majors, particularly as he continues to learn and hone his defense. His ability to play third and perhaps the outfield, give Murphy a versatility that the Yankees may take advantage of down the line, but it is safe to say that for now they are content to allow him to develop behind the plate.
Murphy is beginning to adapt to his new team and better competition. In 17 games, he's batting .270, with 10 RBI, 6 doubles and 1 HR. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .342.