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Portrait of Matt Murton

Matt Murton LFCubs

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
5 1058 .286 .352 .436 .268 4.7
Birth Date10-3-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight220 lbs
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ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 CHN 23 51 160 140 19 45 3 2 7 73 16 22 0 2 2 14 2 1 .321 .386 .521 .294 10.1 -0.1 1.0
2006 CHN 24 144 508 455 70 135 22 3 13 202 45 62 5 2 1 62 5 2 .297 .365 .444 .274 19.3 12.4 3.1
2007 CHN 25 94 261 235 35 66 13 0 8 103 26 39 0 0 0 22 1 0 .281 .352 .438 .272 7.7 3.3 1.1
2008 CHN 26 19 42 40 2 10 2 0 0 12 1 5 1 0 0 6 0 0 .250 .286 .300 .199 -1.5 0.2 -0.1
2008 OAK 26 9 31 30 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 .100 .129 .133 .105 -5.0 1.8 -0.3
2009 COL 27 29 56 52 7 13 5 0 1 21 4 14 0 0 0 6 2 0 .250 .304 .404 .263 0.4 -0.6 -0.0
Career34610589521342724652941593149643112103.286.352.436.26830.917.04.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 LOW A- 53 227 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DAY A+ 24 89 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .269 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAR A+ 102 425 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 51 160 .294 .258 .322 .407 .254 .336 103 5.7 4.6 -1 -0.1 2.8 10.1 1.0 10.1 1.0
2005 WTN AA 78 350 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .372 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 9 38 .233 .271 .357 .414 .284 .440 97 -0.7 0.7 -0.2 -0.3 -0.4 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2006 CHN MLB 144 508 .274 .269 .330 .433 .263 .319 97 7.7 15.3 -3.5 12.4 -1.0 19.3 3.1 19.3 3.1
2007 CHN MLB 94 261 .272 .275 .338 .433 .263 .309 104 3.3 7.7 -2.1 3.3 -0.2 7.7 1.1 7.7 1.1
2007 IOW AAA 39 172 .305 .274 .338 .439 .259 .346 119 8.5 5.1 -1.9 -0.9 -0.7 10.6 0.9 10.6 0.9
2008 CHN MLB 19 42 .199 .261 .336 .411 .265 .286 103 -2.7 1.2 -0.2 0.2 0.0 -1.5 -0.1 -1.5 -0.1
2008 OAK MLB 9 31 .105 .278 .333 .426 .258 .130 98 -5.2 0.9 -0.2 1.8 0.0 -5.0 -0.3 -5.0 -0.3
2008 IOW AAA 54 225 .266 .278 .344 .440 .262 .327 103 1.5 6.9 -1.8 -2.3 -1.8 3.8 0.1 3.8 0.1
2008 SAC AAA 32 145 .248 .274 .340 .441 .257 .321 102 -2.1 4.7 -1.4 0.7 -0.4 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2009 COL MLB 29 56 .263 .258 .333 .407 .263 .324 102 0.2 1.6 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8 0.4 -0.0 0.4 -0.0
2009 CSP AAA 97 424 .301 .274 .342 .419 .271 .353 111 18.4 12.1 -4.5 -2.7 2.7 25.3 2.2 25.3 2.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 LOW A- 227 30 54 11 2 2 29 27 39 9 3 .286 .386 .397 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DAY A+ 89 13 20 1 1 2 8 8 10 2 0 .253 .330 .367 .114 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAR A+ 425 60 113 16 4 11 55 42 61 5 4 .301 .375 .452 .152 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 38 4 12 2 0 1 3 4 8 0 0 .353 .421 .500 .147 .233 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
2005 WTN AA 350 46 107 17 4 8 46 29 42 18 5 .342 .401 .498 .157 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 160 19 45 3 2 7 14 16 22 2 1 .321 .386 .521 .200 .294 10.1 -0.1 1.0
2006 CHN MLB 508 70 135 22 3 13 62 45 62 5 2 .297 .365 .444 .147 .274 19.3 12.4 3.1
2007 CHN MLB 261 35 66 13 0 8 22 26 39 1 0 .281 .352 .438 .157 .272 7.7 3.3 1.1
2007 IOW AAA 172 30 50 16 1 6 27 18 18 1 0 .331 .409 .570 .238 .305 10.6 -0.9 0.9
2008 SAC AAA 145 19 36 12 2 1 13 13 20 3 1 .277 .347 .423 .146 .248 1.6 0.7 0.2
2008 IOW AAA 225 26 57 11 1 1 15 29 20 4 2 .298 .397 .382 .084 .266 3.8 -2.3 0.1
2008 CHN MLB 42 2 10 2 0 0 6 1 5 0 0 .250 .286 .300 .050 .199 -1.5 0.2 -0.1
2008 OAK MLB 31 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 7 0 0 .100 .129 .133 .033 .105 -5.0 1.8 -0.3
2009 CSP AAA 424 72 121 27 1 12 79 39 52 12 2 .324 .396 .499 .174 .301 25.3 -2.7 2.2
2009 COL MLB 56 7 13 5 0 1 6 4 14 2 0 .250 .304 .404 .154 .263 0.4 -0.6 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 262 0.5344 0.4695 0.8211 0.6214 0.2951 0.8391 0.7778 0.1789
2009 223 0.5516 0.4574 0.7745 0.6341 0.2400 0.7821 0.7500 0.2255
Career4850.54230.46390.79970.62720.26980.81290.7650.2003

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 $
2012 COL $
2011 COL $
2007 CHN $415,000
2006 CHN $337,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$752,000
2 yrTotal$752,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 107 dACES1 yr/$0.43M (09)

Details
  • released 12/7/09 (to play interestl)
  • recalled 9/8/09 designated for assignment 8/26/09 recalled 8/25/09 optioned to Triple-A 6/5/09 recalled 4/29/09 optioned to Triple-A 3/30/09 re-signed 3/4/09, 1 year/$0.43M (09) ($0.17M in min)
  • acquired in trade from OAK 2/4/09
  • optioned to Triple-A 7/27/08 acquired in trade from CHC 7/8/08 (Harden)
  • recalled 6/17/08 optioned to Triple-A 5/1/08 recalled 4/19/08 optioned to Triple-A 3/30/08 recalled 7/27/07
  • optioned to Triple-A 6/13/07
  • re-signed 3/07, 1 year/$0.415M (07)
  • re-signed 3/06, 1 year/$0.337M (06)
  • recalled 8/05 optioned to Triple-A 8/05 contract purchased 7/05 acquired in trade from BOS 7/04 $1.01M signing bonus
  • Ga Tech `03 S-32

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Memo to Matt Murton: Getting on base is nice, but if you only do it so much and you canít go deep regularly in Colorado Springs, itís no wonder youíre with the Hanshin Tigers in 2010.
2009 Murton is an ugly reminder for the Travis Buck fans of the world that there are lots of these guys around: "polished college hitter with a good swing who plays the game, blah blah blah." Then it turns out that defensively, they're limited to a corner and they don't have enough power for either position. Sure, sometimes you get some nice players, but more often than not you get Matt Murton, who is now 27, fighting for a job, and about to tip into Triple-A journeyman status.
2008 Let's be honest, Matt Murton is a good, well-rounded hitter, but it looks as though he's going to peak as about a .275-EqA bat, and you can subtract a few points from that for his propensity to make boneheaded plays in the outfield. That's right in the area in which a corner outfielder can be a regular for some, and a platoon guy for others. The Cubs, who aspire to first-division status, are making no great mistake if they choose the latter course with Murton. Indeed, he may struggle for even platoon work if the Cubs are uncomfortable playing Kosuke Fukudome in center field on occasion, in which case Murton becomes a good bet to be traded.
2007 Murton`s debut generated some fairly lofty expectations for 2006, and, except for a miserable stretch in June, he fully met them. Being a rookie and hitting a wall while playing for Dusty Baker meant that he lost his job for a while, of course, but his resurgence and the team`s losing guaranteed him a spot in the second half. He has more power than comes through in his stats because his swing is so level; if he ever decides to alter it to add a little loft, he`s liable to go from 10 to 30 HR in a flash, which will likely result in some unfortunate accusations given the tenor of the times.
2006 Perhaps aided by Von Joshua, his hitting coach at West Tenn, Murton has shortened his stroke as a pro, giving him tremendous plate coverage and power to all fields. Joshua compares Murton`s stroke and power on contact to one of his past disciples, Magglio Ordonez. Murton also has the speed to become a quality glove in either outfield corner, but with the Jacque Jones signing, he`ll wind up in left. Murton should be the Cubs` best hitting outfielder, but a slow start could give John Mabry more at-bats than would be good for the Cubs` immediate or long-term future. One of the few real carrot-tops in baseball, and there are never enough of those to go around
2005 Murton, the minor leaguer the Cubs nabbed in the Nomar Garciaparra trade, did not finish the year well at Daytona, but he's a legitimate prospect with a nice line-drive swing and an ability to control the strike zone. Murton is said to be a "Moneyball type of player," which means he's a college product and not a great athlete. His career path could look something like Bobby Kielty's.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of this Scott Hairston deal by the A's? Towers said the PTBNL is the key and one source said the pitcher had major league service time, which, to me, points to Sean Gallagher who is currently on the DL in Triple-A. What can Hairston do that Matt Murton couldn't?
(Dave from Chicago)
Hairston's no center fielder (75 Rate2 according to our stats, though UZR holds him in higher esteem). He's got plenty of pop, but his plate discipline is a little lacking, and contact problems keep his batting average relatively low. Solid fourth outfielder/second-division starter, whereas Murton, who can't even fake center and has taken a vow of powerlessness, is now a fifth outfielder/Triple-A starter. At best. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you start in the A's outfield next year out of Travis Buck, Matt Murton, Ryan Sweeney, Carlos Gonzalez, and Aaron Cunningham?
(Dave from Chicago)
Good question. I'm not sure how crazy I am about any of 'em. Gonzalez has star potential but still needs lots of work, and he's the only one with real star potential. I'm not a big Murton or Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think the Rays will end up with if the asking price for Nady remains high? Matt Murton? Nelson Cruz?
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
Gabe Gross and Matt Murton would make an interesting set of corner guys, especially if they can steal Huston Street in the deal too. (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like the potential trade series. How realistic do you think the following scenario could be: Jays send AJ Burnett and one of Shannon Stewart / Brad Wilkerson to the Cubs for Rich Hill and Matt Murton? Can that be a great way to kill 4 birds with one stone, or what?
(rawagman from TO)
In making such a deal, the Cubs would make themselves measurably worse. I say go for it! (Dayn Perry)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Braves need to fill the out-sucking black hole in LF. They have the prospects and a little fiscal flexibility. Who makes sense?
(Nate from Work)
How about Barry Bonds? OK, I know that's not going to happen. I think Matt Murton would really be a nice fit there. He could help them now and in the future. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)So Rich Hill and Matt Murton to the Braves for Jordan Schafer?
(Nate from Work)
No, Cubs need to use those guys to acquire more immediate help (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Would the Cubs really just ship Matt Murton out for prospects to the Braves? Doesn't it make more sense for them to try and put him into a deal for a player who can help them win this year?
(Robert from Chicago)
Yeah, it does. I just don't see a whole lot out there they could help the Braves. Nady would be a possibility. There are still too many teams who believe they have a shot at contention. (John Perrotto)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who did Matt Murton piss off and how?
(lpiklor from Chicago)
Good question. It's gotten past the point where the Cubs are even pretending to give him a fair shake right now. And one of Jim Hendry's lesser qualities is that he has this tendency to play his hand out in the open, so everyone knows exactly what he's holding. They need to move him -- but given the way they've treated him, they won't get anything for him. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Murton or Jonny Gomes, if given the choice...who would you rather have?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay, FL)
Sounds like a perfect platoon to me. Actually, I remarked in today's Pinstriped Bible that the Indians could usefully liberate Murton and Sean Marshall from the Cubs, given that their outfield corner production looks a bit weak and the back of their rotation is nothing special. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think Reed Johnson fits with the Cubs?
(Johnny from Champaign, IL)
For better or for worse, he's actually a better spare part to have in this particular outfield than Matt Murton, but that's because Murton's just not much of an outfielder, and is especially stretched for right, even if Murton has much more offensive up-side. That, plus Johnson's more of a contact hitter, and that tends to get treated with more respect in a reserve role than Murton's more broad-based offensive skills. So, it's a weird proposition, in that Murton's more valuable and someone you'd rather have in the abstract, but in terms of bench-building, Johnson is probably the better bit part. (Christina Kahrl)


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