Murphy is hitting .232/.306/.446 with three home runs in 18 games for Triple-A Rochester. While Murphy's hitting stats may not be overly impressive, they mark a bounceback after last year's miserable season. Murphy won the major-league backup role at the start of 2016, but then went 3-for-40 at the plate and was quickly demoted to Triple-A Rochester. He didn't fare much better in the minors, as he hit just three home runs with a .609 OPS. If he can continue to hit the way he has so far this season at Triple-A, he'll likely get another shot in the majors at some point.
Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Murphy didn't see a ton of spring action, but posted a .185 average over 27 at-bats. Jason Castro and Chris Gimenez are set to serve as the catchers on the Opening Day roster.
Murphy went 0-for-2 in Saturday's spring training loss to Boston and is hitting just .211 (4-for-19) this spring. Murphy is competing with Chris Gimenez for the backup catcher job behind Jason Castro. He appears behind Gimenez in the competition at this point, although the Twins would have to add Gimenez to the 40-man roster.
Murphy will compete with Chris Gimenez and Mitch Garver for the backup catcher job behind Jason Castro, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports. Murphy won the backup role last year in spring training but then went 3-for-40 at the plate and was quickly demoted to Triple-A Rochester. He didn't fare much better in the minors as he hit just three home runs with a .609 OPS. He'll get a fresh start this spring, but he's likely behind Gimenez with Garver being a long shot.
Murphy started at catcher and went 3-for-4 with a home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox. Murphy struggled in the majors earlier in the year before he was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday. If he shows any spark at the plate he should get significant playing time the final few weeks as the team assesses him for 2017.
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