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SF Giants 2020 MLB draft grades: What you need to know about each pick

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Who the Giants took: Ryan Murphy, RHP, Le Moyne College

144th overall pick
Expected Signing Bonus: ???
Future-Value Grade: 30+
Grade: B-

Murphy attended Division II Le Moyne College and wasn’t ranked by any of the large prospect coverage groups, but given slot for the selection is only $379,000 it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him get slot. Although if I did have to make a guess, I’d lean towards a bit lower.

A young junior (won’t turn 21 until October), Murphy has a very fun profile to build off. While he lacks premium velocity on his fastball and tends to sit 89-92mph with his heater, he’s shown three different secondary offerings that flash average.

His curveball is his most advanced pitch that has sweeping 11-5 movement. He’s shown consistently good control, never walking more than 2.4 batters per nine innings, and a good ability to generate strikeouts (albeit against weaker competition).

The New England Collegiate Baseball League is not on the same level as leagues like the Cape but tends to be filled with lower-tier D-1 talent. Last summer, at just 19 years old, Murphy was especially dominant. In 8 starts, Murphy threw 48 innings, struck out 55, walked 12, allowed 44 hits, and had a 2.25 ERA.

Still, relatively unknown, Murphy has the kind of track record that could make him the biggest surprise of the draft class. The key will be seeing how he handles the adjustment to far tougher competition than he has ever faced before.

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