Outfielder Max Murphy is returning to the Saint Paul Saints for the 2020 season, be forewarned American Association pitchers.
The 27-year-old was on fire for the first part of the 2019 season, slugging .343 with 17 home runs, 43 RBI, 13 doubles, and one triple.
Additionally, Murphy posted 12 stolen bases to go along with a .406 on-base percentage, and a .653 slugging percentage in 213 at-bats in 50 games for the Saints last year.
Murphy’s impressive 50-game stretch forced the Arizona Diamondbacks to take notice and purchase his contact from the St. Paul.
While in the Diamondbacks’ system, Murphy hit .278 with two long balls, six RBI, four doubles and scored 10 runs in 79 at-bats in 24 contests between three separate levels: High-A Visalia, Double-A Jackson, and Triple-A Reno.
The Minnesota Twins selected Murphy in the ninth-round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bradley University. He made his mark immediately in professional ball with an incredible five weeks at Low-A Elizabethton, where the Appalachian League named him its Player of the Year and a Post-Season All-Star.
Murphy hit .378 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. Plus, in 119 at-bats, he scored 34 runs, launched seven doubles, two triples, amassed a .483 on-base percentage, and a .723 slugging percentage, for a mind-blowing 1.206 OPS.
— Jerry Del Priore