CHASE MURRAY, CENTER FIELDER
Born: June 3, 1998
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 188
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 13th Round, 394th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Georgia Tech
Agent:

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Murray is an outfielder with good speed and hitting ability who probably profiles as a fourth outfielder.  He moved up draft boards with a strong sophomore season at Georgia Tech, batting 343/410/510 with solid plate discipline, drawing 27 walks while striking out 39 times.  He followed that up with a good showing in the wood bat Cape Cod League, hitting 317/363/446 while playing center field.  Unfortunately, he was hampered during his junior season by an oblique injury and hit just .235 in 27 games.  The Pirates obviously are hoping that was an aberration.  He’s not expected to hit for power.  Baseball America ranked him 308th in the draft class and 22nd in Georgia in an average year for the state.

2019
R+:  221/262/294, 136 AB, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 34 K, 6-9 SB

Murray spent the season at Bristol after signing, playing mostly center.  With Bristol’s outfield overloaded, he played only semi-regularly.  Murray had a rough time at the plate, but he may have been hampered by lingering effects from the oblique injury and he was also dealing with back problems.  His walk and K rates were especially bad.  He hit LHPs better than RHPs (.732 OPS vs. .505), although he had only a small number of plate appearances against the former.

2020
DNP

Murray’s debut wasn’t encouraging, but that may have resulted from injury issues.  He’s one of several players who may have trouble finding playing time if the short season teams, other than the GCL Pirates, are eliminated.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round, 394th overall pick; signed on June 12.
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