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Yanks find local product in shortstop Murphy

The Yankees stayed local with their sixth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, selecting Sacred Heart University shortstop John Murphy.

A Seymour, Conn., native, Murphy batted .367 for the Pioneers during his senior year, hitting four home runs, driving in 47 runs and racking up 29 stolen bases.

Murphy is a skilled fielder, and he can play multiple positions defensively. He's a left-handed hitter, and while he doesn't hit for much power, he uses the whole field. His speed is one of his best assets.

He batted .308 with four home runs, 16 RBIs and six stolen bases and was named a Cape Cod League All-Star last summer.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for
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