2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Tom Murphy
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Tom Murphy and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Seattle Mariners catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
Representing a power part of a productive catcher platoon for Seattle last year, many overlook that Tom Murphy launched 18 home runs in only 260 at-bats (one every 14.44) last season. Could a player breakout after leaving Colorado? It remains to be seen but Murphy showed some signs of growth in 2019. He appeared in 76 games with 32 runs, 40 RBI, two stolen bases and a respectable .273/.324/.535 slash line. Murphy recorded a 6.8 walk percentage with a 31 percent strikeout rate and the third best isolated power (.262) among catchers with at least 250 plate appearances. It’s strange to see Murphy fueled by a .340 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) but this almost aligns with his career .331 BABIP.
Trying to discern how much of the gains displayed by Murphy will carry over to 2020 will determine his ceiling for fantasy. There’s no way to correlate this information, but digest his second half numbers versus what Mitch Garver did after the All-Star break in 2018: