Joey Murray “Rises” to Success

On the surface Joey Murray is a rather uninteresting prospect. He’s a 23 year old right-hander in Double-A who was an eighth round pick in 2018. He does not appear among the Blue Jays top 39 prospects at Fangraphs, and just cracked the team’s top 30 at MLB.com coming in at 28th. The reason for his low ranking is his lack of velocity. His fastball averages 90 mph, which is enough right there for him to be ignored as a prospect.
However what if I told you his fastball has been describes as an “invisiball” and looks something like this:

There is nothing under-the-radar about Joey Murray! pic.twitter.com/gHIgpZZHtP
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) August 14, 2019

or this

Joey Murray went 7 innings last night, but got the loss in a great pitching duel. He threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes and his ‘invisiball’ was spinning, as he struck out 8. pic.twitter.com/v13SBYwMo1
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) September 1, 2019

and just in case you missed it, here it is again slowed down.

Here’s Joey Murray’s ‘invisiball’ – slowed down. pic.twitter.com/o7KCUWJsVM
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) August 26, 2019

 
That pitch helped Murray record 169 strikeouts across three levels this season. That led all Blue Jays minor …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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