John Ryan Murphy...Is a 2009 graduate of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where his mother was the admissions director (she got the job after being recruited by famous tennis instructor Nick Bollettieri to help launch the academy that began with tennis and eventually branched into other sports)...Grew up a fan of the Buffalo Bills while living in Bradenton (his father, Mark, is from Buffalo)...Started catching as a senior in high school after playing first/third base...Was committed to attend the University of Miami before signing with the Yankees...Is a co-founder of the non-profit organization called "I Am More"...Through various sports, hobbies and crafts, the goal of the program is to enhance the lives of individuals who suffer from illness or disability by helping them become identified by their passion rather than their affliction...Is a board member for a nonprofit organization called "Where Love Grows" that helps fight childhood hunger in Tampa, serving meals to children of local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Played on four different teams in the Arizona and Atlanta organizations...Was a member of Arizona's Opening Day roster...Hit three of his four big league home runs with Arizona during the first month of the season...Recorded his sixth career three-hit game on 4/22 at Pittsburgh...Was designated for assignment on 5/25 and outrighted to Triple-A Reno on 6/1...Homered six times in 17 games during the month of June for the Aces.. Was acquired by Atlanta on 7/31 and assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett the next day...Had contract selected by Atlanta on 9/17...Appeared in his only game with the Braves on 9/24 at Kansas City.
Set career highs in games (87), homers (9), RBI (24) and plate appearances (223) and matched his career best in doubles (9)…his 42 hits were 1 shy of his career-best 43 hits in 2015...His 9 homers tied for 11th among all catchers (as catcher only)...Set career bests as a catcher with 68 games, 44 starts, 446.2 innings and 468 total chances.
Made 5 appearances and went 1-for-7 with 1 double with the D-backs after being recalled from Triple-A Reno on Sept. 1...was acquired from the Twins on July 27 for LHP Gabriel Moya...In 78 games between Triple-A Rochester and Reno, threw out 40.7 percent of attempted base stealers (24-for-59) and batted .238 with 9 doubles, 6 home runs, 34 RBI and 29 walks...In 19 games for the Aces, hit .284 AVG/.351 OBP/.373 SLG with 2 homers, 7 RBI and 7 walks, while throwing out 46.2 percent of attempted base stealers (6-for-13).
Made Twins Opening Day roster, his first with the Twins and second of career (New York-AL, 2015)...Made Twins debut April 7 at Baltimore, going 1-for-3 with a double...Suffered first career ejection May 2 at Houston, arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Jerry Layne...Hit .075 (3-for-40) with one double and two walks in 11 games and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester May 6...Hit .328 (19-for-58) with two home runs and 10 RBI in 17 August games for Rochester...Hit .236 (62-for-263) with 14 doubles, three home runs, 39 RBI and 24 runs scored in 83 games for the Red Wings...led the Wings in games caught (80)...Recalled by Minnesota September 3....Caught 25 games for the Twins (23 starts).
Made his first career Opening Day roster with New York-AL...at 23 years, 328 days old, was the youngest player to make the Yankees Opening Day roster since Eduardo Nunez in 2011 (23 years, 289 days)...spent the entire season at the major league level for the first time in his career....Played in 22 spring training games and was named Yankees backup catcher on the final day of spring training April 4....Made season debut April 9 vs. Toronto, going 2-for-4 with a run and two doubles, his first career game with multiple extra-base hits....Hit a triple May 23 vs. Texas, his first triple since 2012 with Double-A Trenton....Hit safely in six straight starts from July 23-August 5, batting .478 (11-for-23) with six runs, two doubles, a home run, five RBI, two doubles and four multi-hit games in those starts....Went 3-for-4 with two runs in July 23 win vs. Baltimore, tying a career-high in hits (third career time, second in 2015 - also June 14 at Baltimore)....Hit game-winning three-run home run in ninth inning on July 25 at Minnesota, his second career home run (also April 26, 2014 vs. Los Angeles-AL)....Caught 65 games for the Yankees (43 starts).... Hit .266 (21-for-79) against left-handed pitching, including a .293 (12-for-41) average with three home runs vs. lefties post-All-Star break... overall hit .308 (24-for-78) with 14 runs, five doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 33 games post-All-Star break....Hit .310-or-better in three of the final four full months of the season (June, July and September)....Acquired via trade with New York-AL November 11, in exchange for outfielder Aaron Hicks.
Hit .284 (23-for-81) with 7R, 4 doubles, 1 HR and 9 RBI in 32 games (21 starts at C) over two stints with theYankees (4/15-6/17 and 9/2-28)... Hit safely in a career-high eight straight games from 4/25-5/21, batting .500 (12-for-24) with 1 HR and 6 RBI overthe stretch... Hit a game-winning solo HR-the ﬁrst HR of his Major League career-and was 2-for-3 with 3RBI on 4/26 vs.Los Angeles-AL…marked his ﬁrst career multi-hit and multi-RBI game…according to Elias, became the ﬁrstYankees rookie catcher with a home run and at least 3RBI in a game since Jorge Posada in 1997 (three times)... Was recalled for a second stint with the Yankees on 9/2, batting .278 (5-for-18) with 3R, 2 doubles and 1RBI ineight games in September... Also appeared in 51 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .246 (44-for-179) with 17R, 9 doubles, 6 HR and 28 RBI in 51 games…hit .207 (19-for-92) with 2 HR prior to the All-Star Game, compared to .287 (25-for-87) with 4 HR following the break.
Hit .154 (4-for-26) with 3R, 1 double and 1RBI in 16 games (six starts at C) in his only stint with the Yankees in 2013 (9/1-29)… recorded a 2.67 catcher's ERA and caught 3-of-6 potential base stealers. Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' active roster from
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 9/1. Made his Major League debut in 9/2 win vs. Chicago-AL, pinch-hitting for Cano in the eighth inning and recording his first Major League hit with an infield single off David Purcey… became the 52nd player used by the Yankees in 2013, setting a new franchise record for players used in a season (surpassing 51 players used in both 2005 and '08). Made his first career appearance at catcher as a ninth-inning defensive replacement in 9/6 loss vs. Boston (did not bat). Scored the first run of his Major League career in 9/7 loss vs. Boston, going 1-for-2 with 2R after pinch-hitting for Romine in the sixth and remaining in the game at C. Made his first Major League start at C in 9/14 loss at Boston, going 0-for-2 with 1BB. Was behind the plate for Mariano Rivera's final career appearance on 9/26 vs. Tampa Bay. Started three of the Yankees' final four games of the season (9/26 vs. Tampa Bay and
9/27 and 9/29 at Houston). Collected his first Major League RBI with a 14th-inning run-scoring single in 9/29 win at Houston… caught all 14.0 innings of the game. Began the year with Double-A Trenton, batting .268 (49-for-183) with 34R, 10 doubles, 6HR and 25RBI in 49 games. Was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 6/13 and hit .270 (62-for-230) with 26R, 19 doubles, 6HR and 21RBI in 59 games. Attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, batting .364 (4-for-11)
with 1R, 3 doubles, 1HR and 4RBI in eight games. Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees' fourth-best prospect and as the organization's "Best Defensive Catcher."
Combined at Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton to bat .248 (102-for-412) with 26 doubles, 2 triples, 9HR and 44RBI in 110 games. Began the year with Tampa, hitting .257 (68-for-265) with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 5HR and 28RBI, earning a spot on the FSL midseason All-Star team. Was promoted to Trenton on 7/3 and finished the season with the Thunder, batting .231 (34-for-147) with 4HR and 16RBI in 43 games… started all eight Trenton postseason games at catcher and tied a team high with 2HR (.231, 6-for-26, 4RBI).
Started the season with Single-A Charleston,batting .297 (76-for-256) with 23 doubles, 6HR and 32RBI in 63 games...was transferred to Single-A Tampa for the remainder of the season on 6/23... batted .259 (22-for-85) with 6 doubles, 1HR and 14RBI...missed the fi nal month-and-a-half of the season on the disabled list with a bruised ankle...threw out a combined 23-of-72 (31.9%) of potential base stealers.
Appeared in 87 games with Single-A Charleston (53 starts at C), batting .255 (84-for-330) with 46R, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 7HR, 54RBI and 36BB...caught 20-of-88 (22.7%) potential basestealers...went 3-for-6 with a grand slam, three-run homer and 9RBI in 8/13 win at Hickory, marking his first career multi-homer game and falling 1RBI shy of the SAL single-game record.
Played in nine games with the GCL Yankees in his professional debut, hitting safely in eight of the contests...following the season, was selected as the Yankees' eighth-best prospect by Baseball America and their best "pure hitter" from the draft...also tabbed as the organization's sixth-best prospect by Baseball Digest.