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Full Name: Matthew Henry Murton Current Team: Oakland Athletics
Height/Weight: 6'1"/220 Number: 26
Birthdate: October 3, 1981 MLB Experience: 2 years
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Drafted By: Boston Red Sox
Position: LF College: Georgia Tech


Biography

Matt Murton (Matthew Henry Murton) was born on October 3, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He made his Major League debut on July 8, 2005 for the Chicago Cubs. In 2005, his rookie year, he hit .321 with 7 home runs and 14 RBI. Murton played for the Chicago Cubs for his entire 2 year career.

Matt was acquired by the Chicago Cubs from Boston as part of a four-team trade at the 2004 trading deadline—he and Nomar Garciaparra were traded to Chicago in exchange for Doug Mientkiewicz, Alex Gonzalez, Brendan Harris and pitcher Francis Beltran.

Following the 2005 season, Matt was ranked the 12th best prospect in the Southern League by Baseball America.

Matt was named the best hitter for average and having the best strike zone in the Cubs organization by Baseball America after the 2004 season.

Matt attended Georgia Tech university, and earned Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2001.

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Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2005 CHI N 51 140 19 45 7 14 .321 .386 .521 3 2 16 22 0 2 2 4 4
2006 CHI N 144 455 70 135 13 62 .297 .365 .444 22 3 45 62 5 1 5 1 16
2007 CHI N 94 235 35 66 8 22 .281 .352 .438 13 0 26 39 0 0 1 0 4
Total 289 830 124 246 28 98 .296 .365 .455 38 5 87 123 5 3 8 5 24

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2005 CHI N OF 43 38 329 62 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2005 CHI N LF 43 38 329 62 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2006 CHI N LF 133 122 1049 240 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2006 CHI N OF 133 122 1049 240 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2007 CHI N OF 68 53 469.1 115 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .967
2007 CHI N RF 41 32 282.2 65 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944
2007 CHI N LF 28 21 185.2 50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 CHI N CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total LF 204 181 1563.2 352 5 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .986
Total OF 244 213 1847.1 417 7 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 .979
Total RF 41 32 282.2 65 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944
Total CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

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