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Expectations for IMG Academy alumnus J.R. Murphy continue to rise

J.R. Murphy at bat with the Tampa Yankees in 2012

IMG Academy baseball program alumnus J.R. Murphy, a member of the class of 2009 and a second round selection of the New York Yankees, is putting together a standout performance through spring training. Entering his fifth year in the Yankees organization, Murphy is batting .429 with two doubles, one homerun and three RBI through five games.

In a recent interview with local ABC-7, hitting coach Greg Colburn offered high praise for the young catcher. From ABC-7:

While [Greg] Colbrunn was with the Charleston Riverdogs, he worked with Bradenton native J.R. Murphy, who was the Yankees’ 2nd round pick in 2009, and he is ascending through the organization. “He is just a tremendous quality kid first of all. Also, he is very talented; very quick hands, drives the ball the other way, he does some excellent things, especially as a young hitter. I think he has a bright future ahead of him."

Murphy was a catcher in high school, but he has worked at several positions to help raise his stock even more. "Every year I have tried to improve catching-wise, because my hitting has been pretty consistent since I have signed. I see great strides moving forward catching-wise," says Murphy.

"His versatility may be one of his strengths that he uses to get to the big leagues. His bat is always going to be there. I think he is always going to hit," says Colbrunn.