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John Ryan Murphy (C, ARI) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups


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ANALYSIS: The Arizona Diamondbacks catcher position has been one of the more confusing ones in the MLB. All three of Alex AvilaJeff Mathis and John Ryan Murphy have appeared in at least 28 games with Avila and Murphy appearing in at least 45. However, while no one catcher has run away with the job, Murphy has been the best of the bunch and should see more playing time going forward.

On the season, Murphy has hit .242 with nine home runs and 19 RBI. His nine home runs are tied with Gomes and two others for ninth best in the MLB among catchers. Six of those home runs have come since May 29th. With Murphy on a hot streak, and playing on the 14th highest scoring team in the MLB, there's a strong chance the backstop continues to produce at a high level.

In Week 14, Murphy faces the Marlins and Giants. Both teams have an ERA over four with San Francisco ranking 14th in team ERA and Miami ranking 27th. Both rank in the top 15 of walks allowed while also ranking in the bottom 10 teams of the league in strikeouts.

Murphy has been one of the best power-hitting catchers in the league this season and now gets to face two of the worst pitching staffs in the MLB. He should have an opportunity to shine and is arguably the best streaming catcher for next week.


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