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David Matthew Murphy

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Outfielder David Murphy played three seasons at Baylor University, hitting .346 in 172 games. He broke his hand in the preseason in 2002 but recovered to hit .318. As a junior in 2003, Murphy led the Big 12 Conference in hits (121) and average (.413). He led NCAA Division I in batting average and made All-American picks from Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

He then was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft and was signed by scout Jim Robinson for $1.52 million. He made his pro debut that summer with the Lowell Spinners and hit .346/.453/.397 in 21 games with the club before being promoted to the Sarasota Red Sox, where he had a .242/.329/.307 line in 45 games. Baseball America rated him as the #6 prospect in the New York-Penn League.

He returned to Sarasota in 2004 but struggled with injuries, missing nearly two months of the season. He finished at .261/.346/.232. The next season he made the jump to the AA Portland Sea Dogs and hit .275/.337/.430 with 14 homers and a team-best 75 RBIs in 135 games. As the team's regular centerfielder, he made just 4 errors and was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year.

Murphy split the 2006 season between the Sea Dogs and the Pawtucket Red Sox, hitting .269/.342/.430 with 40 doubles, 11 home runs and 69 RBIs between the two stops, putting up similar numbers at both levels. He was called up by the Red Sox in September and appeared in 20 games in the majors, hitting .227/.346/.409.

David batted .280/.347/.423 in 100 games for Pawtucket in 2007. Murphy was then traded with Kason Gabbard and Engel Beltre to the Texas Rangers on July 31, 2007 for Eric Gagné. Just over three weeks later (August 23), Murphy played a big role in the first game in which an American League team scored 30 runs. David had 5 hits and scored five runs for Texas, leading them in hits that day and tying Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the lead in runs scored. He then earned a spot as the Rangers' regular right fielder in 2008, batting .275 with 28 doubles, 15 home runs and 74 RBI in 108 games. That solid production earned him a spot as an outfielder on the 2008 Topps All-Star Rookie Team, alongside the Twins' Denard Span and the Reds' Jay Bruce.

Murphy made the first pitching appearance of his professional career with a scoreless inning against the Boston Red Sox in a 17-5 loss by the Rangers on June 4, 2013. He was the only one of six Rangers pitchers against whom the Sox did not score, as they tallied at least a run in each of the first seven innings of the game, before Murphy shut them down in the 8th. He threw some rather slow fastballs and a few knuckleballs, striking out Mike Carp, who complained about the call and was ejected by umpire Andy Fletcher as a result. Murphy had pitched a bit in high school, when his pitching career was ended by a stress fracture in his elbow and he concentrated on hitting from that point forward. He had a disappointing year with the bat, as his average sank to .220 in 142 games, although his power remained at his established level, with 26 doubles and 13 homers. A free agent after the season, he signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Indians on November 19th.

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