Sean Michael Murphy was originally signed by A's scout Rick Sparks…graduated from Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio…attended Wright State University…was an All-League selection in 2015…earned Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors and was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2014.
Spent most of the season at Double-A Midland where he hit .288 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 68 games…missed seven weeks of the season with a sprained right finger and also had three games at Triple-Nashville and two on a rehab assignment with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League…combined to hit a career-high .285 in 73 games overall…also had career highs in slugging (.489), on-base percentage (.361), runs (54), doubles (27), extra base hits (37) and stolen bases (3)…ranked fourth in the A's farm system in slugging (.489) and tied for 10th in doubles…was named an A's Organization All-Star by milb.com and a Texas League Midseason All-Star…was also named to the United States Team for the All-Star Future Game but did not play due to his injury…batted .340 (32-for-94) against left-handed pitchers compared to .256 (45-for176) against right-handers…hit .309 with seven of his eight home runs with the bases empty… connected for six of his eight home runs on the road…batted .413 during the day, .259 at night… had a .370 batting average in the ninth inning…appeared exclusively at catcher on defense where he tossed out 23-of-67 (34.3%) attempted base stealers…committed three errors for a .995 fielding percentage…also went 1-for-7 (.143) in two games as the designated hitter and was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter…hit in every spot in the order from second through seventh and saw his most playing time with 56 games batting clean-up…played for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League following the season and hit .185 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 23 games…was rated as the A's third best prospect by Baseball America entering the 2019 season.
MINORS: Had season highs in hits, doubles and RBI when he went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI April 19 against San Antonio…that gave him a .409 batting average, three home runs and nine RBI over his first 11 games…made his third and final error of the season April 28 at San Antonio…finished the season with a 53-game errorless streak at catcher…batted .345 in 21 games in April, which ranked eighth in the TL…tied for the lead with 12 doubles, ranked second with 19 runs and tied for second with 15 extra base hits…had a season-best seven-game hitting streak from May 12 to 23…went 10-for-28 (.357) with six doubles during the streak…had backto-back three-hit and three-RBI games on June 7 at San Antonio and June 9 at Frisco to lift his average to .324…then went 10-for-58 (.172) over his next 17 games…hit four of his eight home runs over a 13-game stretch from June 9 to 24…played for the South All-Stars in the Texas League All-Star Game on June 26 at Midland and went 0-for-2 as a defensive replacement at catcher… was placed on the disabled list July 7 with a sprained right finger…began a rehab assignment with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League on Aug. 23 and went 1-for-5 with a double in two games before he was reinstated Aug. 26…returned to Midland and went 2-for-10 (.200) in three games before he was moved up to Nashville Aug. 31…finished the season by going 2-for-8 (.250) with three walks in three games for the Sounds.
Began his first full professional season at Single-A Stockton and was batting .297 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 45 games when he was promoted to Double-A Midland June 28…hit .209 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 53 games with the RockHounds…batted a combined .250 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 98 games…batted .267 (23-for-86) against left-handed pitching compared to .244 (66-for-270) with 11 of his 13 home runs against right-handers…hit .275 with runners in scoring position but that dropped to .156 with RISP and two outs…was named to the California League Midseason All-Star team…appeared in 91 games at catcher and tossed out 15-of-46 (32.6%) attempted base stealers…made five errors for a .994 fielding percentage…also batted .192 in seven games as the designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order except first and second…saw his most action with 22 games batting eighth, 18 batting ninth and 16 batting fourth and fifth…played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League following the season and hit .309 with four doubles and nine RBI in 18 games…added 10 walks for a .413 on-base percentage, which ranked seventh in the AFL…struck out just seven times and his ratio of 11.43 plate appearances per strikeout was third best…was named the A's number seven prospect by Baseball America following the season.
STOCKTON: Had his first two-homer game of the season April 10 against Modesto…went 3-for4 on April 17 at Modesto for his first of six three-hit games…was batting .208 with three home runs and six RBI in 15 games when he was placed on the disabled list April 23 with a sprained left wrist…was reinstated May 17 and hit safely in each of his first 10 games following his return (16- for-41, .390)…connected for his second two-homer game of the season and matched his season high with three RBI June 4 against Lake Elsinore…that gave him seven home runs over his first 28 games…would homer just six times over his final 70 contests…committed three of his five errors over a four-game stretch from June 8-12…had a season-best 12-game hitting streak from June 14-July 1, which also included his first three games with Midland…went 20-for-48 (.417) during the streak…played for the North in the Cal League All-Star Game on June 20 at Visalia and went 0-for-1…then went 6-for-20 (.300) in six more games with the Ports before he was promoted to Midland June 28.
MIDLAND: Had three hits in each of his first two games with the RockHounds on June 29 and 30 against Springfield…then hit .182 in 25 games in July and .185 in 22 games in August…homered in back-to-back games July 26 against Frisco and July 27 at Corpus Christi…his other two home runs with Midland also came in back-to-back games Sept. 2 and 3 at Frisco…went 19 consecutive games without an extra base hit from July 31 to Aug. 26 (12-for-72, .167)…went 7-for-35 (.200) with two home runs and two RBI in 10 postseason games as Midland won its fourth straight Texas League championship.
Began his professional career with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League and went 0-for-3 with a run scored in one game before he was transferred to Short Season Single-A Vermont…hit .237 with two home runs and seven RBI in 22 games with the LakeMonsters and had a .228 batting average overall… batted .261 (6-for-23) against left-handed pitching compared to .214 (12-for-56) with all three of his extra base hits (one double, two home runs) against right-handers…had a .211 batting average with runners in scoring position…hit .190 with a .200 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…with Vermont, he hit .394 with both of his home runs in 10 games at home compared to .116 in 12 games on the road… made 21 of his 23 appearances at catcher and tossed out 11-of-25 (44.0%) attempted base stealers… also went 1-for-6 (.167) in two games as the designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order from fourth through seventh and saw his most action with 10 games batting sixth…made his professional debut June 20 against the Angels for the A's Arizona Rookie League team and went 0-for-3…it was his only game in the AZL as he was transferred to Vermont June 22…went 0-for-7 with two walks over his first two games with the Lake Monsters before collecting his first professional hit, a second inning single June 25 against Staten Island…walked with the bases loaded in the fourth inning that day for his first RBI…went 4-for-4 with his first professional home run June 30 against Aberdeen, giving him a .364 average over his first seven games with Vermont…then went 6-for-48 (.125) over his next 13 games… was hitless over a six-game stretch from July 11 to Sept. 1 (0-for-23)…was out from July 19 to Aug. 31 with cellulitis in his left shin…the injury occurred after fouling a ball off his shin July 6…was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, home run and a season-high three RBI in his final game Sept. 5 against Lowell.