Q&A with Yankees 6th Round Pick John Murphy

Murphy believes his game has come a long way

Yankees' 6th round pick, John Murphy, talks with us for a Draft Day Q&A session just before he heads to Tampa for camp. Find out what this talented shortstop from Sacred Heart University has to say about his game, future, and being drafted by the Yankees.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

John Murphy: It was the team I grew up pretty much following, and when you think of Major League baseball I feel like that's the team that comes to mind for most people. Just to have the opportunity to get down there and start playing right away is incredible, and I can't even put into words how awesome it feels.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Murphy: I would say the best part of my game is probably my hitting; it's developed a lot over the last few years. My power, contact, and my speeds' grown a lot too, I'm a lot faster than I was in the past. I think if I could bring both of those to the table and keep playing solid defense, then I'll be a great fit for the Yankees right now.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Murphy: My biggest strength is probably my mental approach to the game and how I go about dealing with failure now. After playing in the Cape Cod League you realize that there's a lot of good talent out there and you're obviously not the best player. But, if you're willing to deal with failure and adversity at times and stay mentally tough, then live it.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Murphy: My defensive game has gotten much better in the last two years, especially. My hands have gotten quicker, my arm's gotten stronger, and if I can continue to work and be with a great infield coach, which I don't expect anything less, then I feel like it's only going to keep getting better. I'm excited to see where it can get to.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Murphy: I would say Derek Jeter actually just because of the way he goes about it and shows no emotion, he never shows too much happy emotion and he's never too down on himself. He just goes out there, plays every game the same way, and it's just so impressive to me that after all his accomplishments and where he's gotten to, he's still the exact same player. That's what I feel like when I play.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Murphy: I wasn't surprised because I was in touch with the area scout and I was talking to him often up until the draft, actually more than anyone probably. With these things you never know where it's going to go so I was just looking for my name to get called, and when I saw his call during the day around the 6th round I was pretty excited. I had an idea it was going to happen, and it couldn't of worked out any better.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Murphy: As of now I was told I'm going to stay at shortstop or middle infield but if they think outfield could be a good bid because of my speed and my athleticism, they've grown so much in the last few years, if they need me to do that I'll do it. But for now, I'm going to stick with the infield.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Murphy: My best moment was definitely making the Cape Cod All Star Team because I went to the Cape with a temporary contract and didn't even know if I was going to stay there, and then I ended up getting a full contract. I worked my way in the starting lineup and eventually just went on a roll and made the All Star Team with the best players in the country.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned following the Yankees -- were they your favorite team? Who was your favorite player growing up?

Murphy: I followed the Yankees growing up and Jeter was my favorite player, and he still is, but I kind of faded off and didn't really follow them as much when I got a little older. But now I can say I'm definitely a big fan again.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Murphy: Yes, I believe I'm going to be signing the contract in the next few days. I'm leaving for Tampa to start camp and it's just time to start playing again, I feel like I never took a break.

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