Trenton catcher J.R. Murphy has made significant strides behind the plate this season (Photo: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)
J.R. Murphy is one of the most overlooked prospects not only in the Yankees farm system, but in all of baseball. A 22-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, Murphy was the team’s second-round draft choice in 2008. Ever since that point, he has been overshadowed by bigger names such as Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and now, Gary Sanchez.
Despite being frequently overshadowed by other top prospects, Murphy has quietly gone about improving all aspects of his game. He entered the 2013 season ranked as Baseball America’s 15th best Yankees prospect, though his play this year certainly warrants consideration for a spot in the organizational “Top 10.”
Prior to Sunday’s game, I spoke to Murphy and his manager, Tony Franklin, who has had the chance to observe Murphy on the field in both 2012 and 2013. The transcripts of the conversations can be found below, while my feature a...