Originally written April 21, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
Jim Murphy with Lakewood in 2011, image- Jay Floyd Goals are something every baseball player has. Climbing the developmental ladder and striving for that next level is tops on every guy’s list. Reading Fightin Phils first baseman Jim Murphy is not unlike all those other players in that regard. What does set him apart, though, is the path he took to arrive in the Double-A Eastern League and the determination he has to never quit. After five seasons in the Phillies organization, during which he bounced back and forth between Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater, Murphy, who was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft out of Washington State University, has, at long last, landed in Reading and does not intend to fall back downward again. The 27-year-old credits a focused approach every time up to bat for his success in the minors and for being ready to play at the Double-A level this season. “I try to go out and compete every day, not necess...
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