Sean Murphy In Captain’s Catcher Award Spotlight

Sean Murphy (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

The Captain's Catcher's Award recognizes the defensive qualities of minor league catchers. Inspired by the catching skills and character of Jason Varitek, this award is only about catching and who plays the position to the fullest. The best catchers are detail oriented and driven to improve their performance behind the plate. Leadership, dedication, the ability to call a game, blocking, receiving, and making plays are the primary qualities sought after—with the ultimate goal of protecting home.

The seventh edition of the Captain's Catcher Award, presented by All-Star, features a number of recent draftees as contenders, headlined by Oakland's Sean Murphy.

The Athletics drafted Murphy in the third round, No. 83 overall, last year out of Wright State.

Murphy sets a low target, has a plus, accurate arm, blocks balls well and has excellent agility. His hands work well but he can improve his pitch presentation.

He will attempt to do just that as he enters his first full season of professional baseball.

2017 CAPTAIN’S CATCHER WATCH LIST (2016 STATS)
Player Team FIELD PCT G E PB SBA CS CS PCT
Aramis Garcia Giants 1.000 47 0 7 55 21 .381
Joe Hudson Reds .995 66 3 12 72 29 .402
Carson Kelly Cardinals .996 92 3 6 87 27 .310
Reese McGuire Blue Jays .984 86 10 3 96 35 .365
Francisco Mejia Indians .988 87 9 6 69 30 .435
Sean Murphy Athletics .983 21 3 0 25 11 .440
Tomas Nido Mets .987 88 9 9 119 50 .420
Will Smith Dodgers .994 39 2 2 60 25 .417
Garrett Stubbs Astros .997 67 2 10 53 27 .509
Jose Trevino Rangers .998 100 2 8 98 47 .480

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