Legends On Deck

Florida State League Player of the Week: RF Max Murphy – Twins

Fort Myers Miracle OF Max Murphy batting during an earlier game in 2017. (Photo by David Conde/Legends on Deck)

The Minnesota Twins drafted outfielder Max Murphy in the 9th round of the 2014 MLB June draft out of Bradley University.

In his first year of pro ball, Murphy batted a combined .309, with 14 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 41 RBIs for Elizabethton Twins (Rookie) and Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class-A Full).

In 2015, Murphy played a full season with the Kernels and in 93 games, he batted .225, with 54 runs, 15 doubles, eight triples, four home runs and 36 RBI.

In 2016, the Robbinsdale, MN native started the season with Cedar Rapids and played in 18 games before getting promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle (Class-A Advanced) on April 29th. In 49 games with the Miracle, Murphy batted .257, with eight doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Minor injuries throughout his minor league career have kept Murphy off the field thwarting his development, but a healthy Murphy is a plus and so far in 2017 he is putting together a solid season.

In 21 games with the Miracle, he is batting .297, with 11 runs, four doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs, a .402 OBP% and .432 SLG.

He is tied for the team lead in runs, home runs, second in walks (9) and third in hits (22).

Over the past week spanning April 24-30, Murphy has been red-hot, batting .524 (11 for 21), seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs (both coming in Sunday’s 8-6 come-back victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays), three RBIs and four walks.

Congrats to Fort Myers Miracle right fielder Max Murphy for being awarded Legends on Deck’s Florida State League Player of the Week for dates spanning April 24-30.

Honorable Mention

It was very hard not to give this ball player the nod, because Charlotte Stone Crabs Jake Cronenworth has been on a tear since the start of the season, as he is currently enjoying a 21-game hitting streak. From day one when he recorded three hits, Cronenworth has not stopped hitting. With two hits on Sunday, he now has 10 multi-hit games on the season. He is tied for the Florida State League lead with 33 hits, leads with a .490 OBP, and second with 20 runs and a .388 batting average. Over the past week, he batted .391 (9 for 23), with two doubles, a triple, RBI and three walks.

Another ball player that has been tearing it up thus far this season, is Dunedin Blue Jays Danny Jansen.  The catcher is batting .402, which leads the league, and is tied with Cronenworth for the league lead with 33 hits. Over the past week, Jansen batted .379 (11 for 29), with a double, home run and six RBIs.

Rounding out the list, Andrew Guillotte of the Dunedin Blue Jays had a solid week of his own batting .409 (9 for 22), with eight runs scored, three doubles, three RBIs and four walks. He currently leads the league with 22 runs.

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