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#9 A.J. Murray

A.J. Murray - Baseball - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Height 6-1
Weight 216
Birthdate 04/04/1993
Hometown Westfield, N.J.
Last School Westfield
Year Senior
Height / Weight 6-1 / 216
A.J. Murray - Baseball - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Honors & Awards
*2015 Third Team All-ACC
*2014 Cape Cod League’s Manny Robello 10th Player Award
*2014 Chatham A’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year

MLB Draft History
*Drafted in the 48th Round by Houston in 2012 but elected to enroll at Tech.

Third Team All-ACC selection… Team captain… Was one of three players to start all 55 games… Finished his college career with a dominant senior season… Hit .279 overall, matched his career-high of 16 doubles and set career-highs in home runs (15), RBI (51), runs (49) and slugging (.582)… Finished his career with 42 doubles, which was just shy of Tech’s all-time top-25 list… Led the club with 14 multi-RBI games and was second with 16 multi-hit games… Proved his versatility by making 15 starts at catcher, 11 in the outfield and 29 at designated hitter… Drove in three runs in the Opening Day win over St. John’s… Exploded for six RBI and four runs scored in a career performance against FIU on 2/21 including a ninth-inning grand slam as Tech rallied for a 16-9 win… The six RBI were the most in a game by a Jacket since Zane Evans had six against Virginia in the 2012 ACC tournament… Had a big 7-for-13 weekend against Indiana State that included two homers, three doubles and six RBI… Supplied the only run in the 1-0 victory over ISU on 2/27 with a solo homer in the fifth… Drove in four runs in an 11-7 win over Notre Dame… Reached safely in each of his four plate appearances (2-for-2 with a walk and hit by pitch) and drove in two runs in the 22-6 win over Georgia Southern on 3/10… Jump-started the come-from-behind 6-5 win against North Carolina on 3/21 with a leadoff double in Tech’s three-run sixth inning… Launched a solo home run in the eighth inning versus Auburn, giving the Jackets insurance at 3-1 en route to the 4-1 win on 3/24… Hit safely and scored in each game of the series win at Virginia Tech… Went 4-for-12 in the series win over No. 15 Virginia… Pummeled a pair of opposite field home runs against Kennesaw State on 4/21 for his first career multi-homer game and Finished 2-for-5 with four RBI… Became the first Yellow Jacket to hit two home runs in a single game since Daniel Palka on 5/3/13 against Coastal Carolina… Was clucth in the series win over Clemson, going 4-for-10 with two RBI, a double and a homer… Hit safely and scored in all three games of the Clemson series and scored the game-winning run in the eighth of Friday’s game and game-tying run in the 10th… Slugged four extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers) and drove in five runs in the series victory over Pittsburgh… Homered and drove in two runs with two hits in the regular-season finale against Miami on 5/16.

Summer 2014
Named the Cape Cod League’s Manny Robello 10th Player Award, which recognizes a player who has demonstrated dedication both on and off the field… Former Yellow Jacket Nomar Garciaparra is a past winner of the Manny Robello Award… Chatham A’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year… East MVP of the 2014 Cape Cod League All-Star Game… Three-time Cape Cod League Player of the Week winner… Hit .317 for the summer (T-14th in CCL) with six home runs (T-2nd) and 32 RBI (3rd).

Played in 62 games and made 60 starts… Finished the season batting .283 and led the Yellow Jackets with four home runs… His 16 doubles were second on the club… Hit .280 with nine doubles and 12 RBI in conference play… Blasted his first home run of the season in the 7-5 win over Western Carolina on 3/11… Was red-hot in the Miami series, going 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, a triple, a walk, a stolen base and three runs… Matched his career-highs in hits (3) and doubles (2) by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run during the Yellow Jackets’ 9-4 win at Georgia State on 3/19… Was 5-for-14 (.357) in the North Carolina series with a double, three RBI and two runs… Launched a first-inning grand slam versus Georgia State on 4/2 to give Tech a 5-0 lead en route to a 7-3 victory… Also walked and scored later in the game… The grand slam versus GSU was the second of his career… Matched his career-highs in hits (3) and doubles (2) by going 3-for-4 with three RBI in the 5-1 win over Duke on 4/5… Also had two hits in the Duke series-opener, a 7-4 Tech win… Homered and drove in two runs in Tech’s 13-2 win over Georgia Southern on 4/8… Recorded another three-hit effort with a double, an RBI and scored twice in the 12-1 win over Savannah State on 4/9… Had five hits and scored three times in the Virginia Tech series, including a solo homer in the Saturday game that tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning en route to Tech’s 3-1 win… Went 3-for-5 in the VT finale… Stayed hot versus North Florida on 5/6 by reaching three times — single, double, HBP — and driving in Tech’s first three runs in a 9-6 victory… Matched his career high in hits (three) and RBI (four) in Tech’s 12-5 win over USF on 5/17…. Hit .318 (7-for-22) in the ACC tournament, including a 3-for-4 performance in the title game win over Maryland with a double, three RBI and a run… Reached base six times over Tech’s three games in the NCAA Oxford Regional with two hits, three walks a HBP and drove in a run against Washington on 6/1.

Stepped right into the starting lineup and enjoyed a breakout sophomore season by starting all 64 games…Was one of four Jackets to start all 64 games… Hit .271 overall with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 35 RBI and swiped four bases in four attempts… Finished the season on a career-best eight game hitting streak, recording at least one hit in all eight of the Jackets’ postseason games (three ACC Tournament games, five NCAA Regional games)… He became the first Tech player to accomplish that feat since Charlie Blackmon hit safely in 12 straight postseason games to end the 2008 season… One of his postseason hits was a clutch, game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning and Mott Hyde followed in the next at-bat with the winning homer as the Jackets rallied to beat No. 7 Florida State, 4-3… Was 6-for-18 (.333) in the Nashville Regional with a double, an RBI and two runs also drew three walks… Hit .444 (4-for-9) on opening weekend with two runs, two RBI, a double and walked three times… Hit his first career home run — a grand slam — versus Rutgers on March 1 to begin a big series… He became the first Yellow Jacket to hit a grand slam as his first career homer since Matt Simonds versus Maryland in 2009… Followed with a solo home run on March 2 versus Rutgers and finished the series 5-for-12 with six RBI and five runs… Cleared the bases with a three-run triple (his first career triple) that gave the Jackets an 8-6 lead in the sixth inning, en route to a 16-9 win over Mercer on March 5 — had two hits, three RBI, and scored three times in the game… Had five hits, two RBI, two walks and two runs in the Florida State series… Was held to two hits, but drove in six runs during the Wake Forest series — that included a three-run homer in the series finale as Tech’s late rally fell short in searching for the sweep… Set a career-high with a three hits (3-for-5) with a triple, an RBI and two runs in the 9-1 win over Kennesaw State on April 3… Had a career-high two doubles at Duke on April 7… Was 2-for-3 in the series-opening 2-1 win over No. 5 Virginia, and his RBI double in the bottom of the fourth of series-finale would stand as the game-winner in the 3-2 win… Matched his career-high with three hits versus Coastal Carolina on 5/7.

Saw action in 12 games and made two starts… Made his collegiate debut with a start at first base versus Ohio State (2/25)… Drew a walk and scored a run in that game versus the Buckeyes… Started at designated hitter in a 10-5 win over Georgia Southern (3/28)… Picked up his first college hit at No. 6 North Carolina (4/21), going 1-for-2… Recorded his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly versus No. 1 Florida in the NCAA Gainesville Regional (6/3).

High School
Three-year letterwinner and one-year captain under head coach Bob Brewster at Westfield High School in New Jersey … State sectional champion in 2011 … New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and the New Jersey Star Ledger Player of the Year … Named First Team All-State in 2011 … First Team All-Area from 2009-2011 … Earned his high school’s batting title … Played in the New Jersey North-South All-State game … Owns the Westfield record for home runs, hits and runs … Recorded 10 RBI in one game … As a senior, he hit .540 with nine homers, 12 doubles, and scored 54 runs, all of which were school single-season records … Ranked as the No. 77 recruit in the nation and No. 3 in the State of New Jersey by Perfect Game … Also was a three-year standout in football under coach Jim Desarno as a running back and linebacker … Earned All-State honors in 2011, and All-Area honors from 2009-11 … Rushed for over 1,000 yards and recorded 117 tackles… made the school’s honor roll … Played summer ball for Super 18.

Full name is Andrew John Murray … Born April 4, 1993 in Rahway, N.J. … Son of Michael Murray and Cathy Donlin … His father, Michael, played with the Chicago White Sox … Has one sister, Brittany, and two brothers, Michael and Douglas … His brother, Michael, was a standout catcher at Wake Forest, and played in the San Francisco Giants organization … Sister Brittany played softball for Maryland … Majoring in business administration.


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