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Joey Murray

Joey Murray

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 195 | Age: 23
Draft: 2018 (Rd: 8, #236, Toronto Blue Jays) - Kent State
Dublin, OH USA
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Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
Outfielder Jump
Sprint Speed
xwOBA
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Poor
Avg
Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 4 3.50 9 8 0 43.2 52 1.26
Career Minors 11 8 2.60 40 31 1 163.0 208 1.12
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 9 2-4 3.50 43.2 52 1.26
Career Minors 40 11-8 2.60 163.0 208 1.12

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 Vancouver Canadians NWL A(Short) 1 1 1.75 13 6 0 25.2 19 5 5 1 10 39 1.13
2019 3 Teams Minors 10 7 2.75 27 25 1 137.1 105 44 42 10 49 169 1.12
2019 Lansing Lugnuts MID A(Full) 3 1 3.82 6 6 0 30.2 28 15 13 3 12 40 1.30
2019 Dunedin Blue Jays FSL A(Adv) 5 2 1.71 12 11 1 63.0 40 12 12 3 19 77 0.94
2019 New Hampshire Fisher Cats EAS AA 2 4 3.50 9 8 0 43.2 37 17 17 4 18 52 1.26

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 40

After logging 39 innings as a true freshman in 2016, Murray garnered Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year honors as both as sophomore and junior, going a combined 15-3 in 30 starts with 251 strikeouts in 170 2/3 innings between the two years. The Blue Jays selected Murray in the eighth round of the 2018 Draft, signed him for $169,600 and watched him continue to dominate in his pro debut. Murray's first full season brought similar results, as he made just six starts at Class A Lansing before moving up to Class A Advanced Dunedin.

Murray's effectiveness is routed in his invisible fastball. He throws his heater with below-average velocity, usually working at 88-92 mph, and sometimes works in the lower side of that velocity band. But the pitch plays above its velo because he's incredibly deceptive, employing long arm action on the backside and an explosive delivery that enables him to induce a ton of whiffs inside the zone. He also demonstrates feel for throwing both a mid-70s curveball and a harder slider, with the latter projection as the better secondary pitch, and he'll also mix in a changeup.

Murray doesn't fit into a neat box as a right-hander who lacks physical projection, pitches with below-average velocity and lacks a put-away secondary pitch, but there's something to be said for the effectiveness of his fastball and the sustained success he's had as a result. Whether he's able to navigate Double- and Triple-A lineups should offer more insight into whether Murray can stick as a starter, but the early returns are encouraging.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/27/2019 RHP Joey Murray assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Dunedin Blue Jays.
07/21/2019 RHP Joey Murray assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
07/18/2019 RHP Joey Murray assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Dunedin Blue Jays.
05/07/2019 RHP Joey Murray assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from Lansing Lugnuts.
04/01/2019 RHP Joey Murray assigned to Lansing Lugnuts from Vancouver Canadians.
03/23/2019 RHP Joey Murray assigned to Toronto Blue Jays.
06/15/2018 RHP Joey Murray assigned to Vancouver Canadians.
06/12/2018 Toronto Blue Jays signed RHP Joey Murray.