The 76th overall pick by the Yankees in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, IMG Academy' Alum JR Murphy is experiencing his first Big League Training Camp with the Yankees this spring. Murphy seemed to fit right in with the team as he singled in a run against the Phillies in their Grapefruit League home opener at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yankees' manager, Joe Girardi, spoke about the rising star in a Bradenton Herald article by John Lembo:
âI was impressed when I saw him catch the other day. To be as young as he is and to catch in a big league game and be able to relax and look good back there, I've been impressed with him,â Girardi said. âTremendous work ethic, very bright, knows what he's doing. So he's been good.â
It's a good sign hearing that kind of praise from a former big-leaguer who played 15 seasons, four of them being with the Yankees. Being surrounded in a Big League atmosphere, Murphy is trying to soak in every experience and piece of advice he can get.
âThis stuff is pretty cool for a guy like me who's young and coming up,â said Murphy, who turns 21 in May. âAll in all, just seeing how they go about their business in a professional manner, it's pretty neat.â
Murphy, who will most likely be playing with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League this season, knows that the mere experience of being at Yankees' training camp is critical to the development of his game.
âI just have to go out every day and try my best and work hard, and it'll all play out the way it's supposed to,â he said. âThis is my first camp, and I know I'm not making the club this year. Really, I'm taking it as an experience, to have fun. If I go out here and have as much fun as I am having, and learn as much as I'm learning, that's all I really came to this camp to do.â