Thursday, April 5, 2012

Prep rally: Bradenton's J.R. Murphy to begin season with Tampa Yankees

(photo by Grant Jefferies)

J.R. Murphy is picking up where he left off.

The Bradenton native and IMG graduate will begin the season with the high Single-A Tampa Yankees. The New York Yankees, Tampa's parent club, took Murphy during the second round of the 2009 draft.

Murphy, 20, a catcher, was promoted to Tampa last summer after beginning the year with the Yankees' low single-A club in Charleston. Murphy hit .259 in 23 games with Tampa before suffering a season-ending foot injury while playing the Bradenton Marauders at McKechnie Field.

Murphy participated in his first big-league camp this spring and batted .273 before he was reassigned to minor-league camp.

The Tampa Yankees head to Bradenton for a four-game series beginning July 19.

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