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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Prospecting: Clark "CMurph" Murphy
2009 PROFILE: Another example of prospect-o-files exaggerating the significance of a fall-instructs. What has proved more accurate are the pre-draft reports that pointed to problems with his mechanics and appraoch after he flopped in his senior season after raising eyebrows with his HR power in various JR-year showcases. His HR power outage continued in his debut but this was reportedly attibruted to a slightly revised approach that got him to hit to all fields. Well, any adjustments that are made in one's debut season are only a prelude to the comprehensive adjustments that occur during a player' first off-season. Coaches don't do wholesale revisions of hitters during their debut seasons, rather, focusing on sending them to the plate with a sound approach. Judging by his 2009 flameout, his mechanics/stance/approach were revised a great deal but to little effect other than sapping his power even more. Through this point of his second season, he has 2 HR (91g) and you have to think that he might not be anything more than an ORG guy. He will only be 20 next year, so we'll see if the club continues along its present path with him, makes more mechanical adjustments or lets him go back to some aspects of his HS mechanics/swing.