AB 952
AVG .286
OBP .352
SLG .436
HR 29
  • Full name Matthew Henry Murton
  • Born 10/03/1981 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Georgia Tech
  • Debut 07/08/2005
  • Drafted in the C-1 round (32nd overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2003 (signed for $1,010,000).
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    Murton was hitting just .307 this spring with aluminum after batting a combined .345 with wood the last two summers in the Cape Cod League, where he also won the 2002 home run derby. He has fallen into bad habits, concentrating on pulling pitches and lengthening his swing. He hits better with wood because it forces him to focus more, using a shorter stroke and letting his considerable power come naturally. His best tool is his bat, though he does everything well except for throwing. He'll be limited to left field as a pro but will be able to carry the offensive load at that position. Murton would mesh nicely with the offensive approach of the Athletics, who pick twice near the end of the first round.

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  • Rated Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the Chicago Cubs in 2005
  • Rated Best Hitter for Average in the Chicago Cubs in 2005
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Boston Red Sox in 2004

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