Winnipeg Goldeyes OF Max Murphy Named July Player of the Month by TWITA, GoMLSR
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, This Week in the Association and Minor League Sports Report name Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy the American Association Player of the Month for July.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Outfielder Max Murphy Named May’s Top Player
On Monday, This Week in the Association and the Minor League Sports Report named Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy as the American Association Player of the Month for July. Murphy had an impressive month, hitting .327 with 10 homeruns and 30 RBI in 26 games.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes began July with a four-game series against Sioux City, where Murphy was a combined 2-18 with three runs scored, a homerun, and two RBI. He struggled early in the month, but got better with each passing series.
Next, the Goldeyes traveled to take on the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, where Murphy was a combined 3-12 in the series, with a double and an RBI. That put him at 5-30 through the first seven games, lowering his averaged .255.
From there, Murphy added 39 points to his batting average starting when the team returned home to take on the Sioux City Explorers. The Winnipeg outfielder caught fire, going 8-14 in the series with four runs scored, three homeruns, and seven RBI. He homered twice in the final game of the series, then the team welcomed the Gary SouthShore RailCats to town and Murphy homered twice in the first game of that series, giving him five home runs in the span of four games.
The Goldeyes took two of the three games against Sioux City then split a four-game set with the RailCats. In the Gary series, Murphy was 4-15 with four runs scored, two home runs, and three RBI.
The Goldeyes traveled to Chicago next, where Murphy went 6-15 with four runs scored, two doubles, a homer, and three RBI. He was 5-9 to the first two games of the series as he helped the Goldeyes put up 32 runs against the Dogs pitching staff.
Next, the Goldeyes took on Gary for three games. Murphy went 4-13 in the series with three runs scored, two homers, and five RBI. He homered twice in the second game of the series, his league-leading sixth two-homer game of the year.
This last week, Winnipeg returned home for three games against Chicago and three against Lake Country. Murphy was 4-11 against Chicago with two RBI and went 5-12 with two runs scored, a homer, and five RBI against the DockHounds.
Following the All-Star break, the Winnipeg outfielder went 23-66 (.348) with 14 runs scored, six homeruns, and 19 RBI in 16 games. He recorded hits in 17 of the 26 games in July and had 10 multi-hit games, including seven games with at least three hits.
Murphy was tied for the league lead in RBI in July (30) and in runs scored (26). He finished second in slugging (.676) and was ninth in OPS (1.071).
Murphy is in his second season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. He began his career in the Minnesota Twins organization after being drafted in the ninth round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft. Murphy spent four seasons with Minnesota before being released and signing with the St. Paul Saints in 2018. The outfielder hit .319 in 98 games for St. Paul, earning a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent the beginning of the 2019 season in the Diamondbacks minor league system, reaching AAA-Reno. However, he returned to St. Paul where he hit .343 in 50 games then hit .256 and 58 games in 2020. In 2021, Murphy signed with the Goldeyes where he hit .307 with 13 homers in 99 games. This season he is second in the league in homeruns with 23, setting a single season-high, and is hitting .294 in 68 games.
2022 American Association Players of the Month
May – David Thompson, Kansas City Monarchs
June – Jan Hernandez, Kansas City Monarchs
By Robert Pannier