Murphy named EL Player of the Week

Jim Murphy doesn't always get the recognition that he deserves. After all, he's had at least 27 doubles in each of the last four seasons and has averaged 18 home runs per season for the last three seasons. Last week, Murphy went on a tear that garnered him honors from the Eastern League.

Reading Fightin Phils first baseman Jim Murphy was named Player of the Week by the Eastern League Monday for the week of June 17-22. During the span, Murphy hit .435 (10-for-23) with four home runs, nine RBI, six runs scored, four walks and a .957 slugging percentage in seven games.

Murphy, who is a native of Kirkland, Washington, had at least one hit in five of the seven games he played in last week and had three multiple hit games, including going 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, four RBI and three runs scored in a 9-8 win over Portland on Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.  Murphy led all Eastern League players in RBI (9) last week and finished ranked among the weekly leaders in home runs (4-tied 1st), slugging percentage (.957-2nd), OPS (1.457-2nd), total bases (22-2nd), runs scored (6-tied 3rd), on-base percentage (.500-tied 3rd), extra-base hits (4-tied 4th), hits (10-tied 4th), batting average (.435-5th) and walks (4-tied 9th).

The 27-year old Murphy is hitting .301 in 72 games for the Fightin Phils this season and currently leads the league in home runs (15) and total bases (144), was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 17th round of the 2008 draft after batting .361 during his senior season at Washington State University. He joins Cesar Puello, Allan Dykstra, and Josmil Pinto as one of only four players in the Eastern League to be hitting at least .300 with 10 HRs and 40 RBIs this season.

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