Yankees promote catcher J.R. Murphy to Triple-A

06/13/2013 5:39 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Catcher J.R. Murphy is nearing a call-up to the Major Leagues.(AP)
Catcher J.R. Murphy is now just one step away from the Majors, as the Yankees have promoted him from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Murphy, the organization's No. 15 overall prospect entering the season according to Baseball America, was informed of his promotion by Thunder manager Tony Franklin following Wednesday night's game, with the move officially announced via a RailRiders press release sent out Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees' second-round pick in 2009, Murphy spent less than one calendar year at Double-A, having been promoted to Trenton from Class-A Advanced Tampa last July. This season, the 23-year-old backstop was hitting .268 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 49 games for the Thunder, and he led the Eastern League by throwing out 48 percent of attempted base stealers.

Although the RailRiders did not need to make a reciprocal move to make room for Murphy, the organization did reassign catcher Jeff Farnham, who played 30 games with Trenton in 2012 and was hitting .205 in 14 games at Scranton this season, back to the Thunder.

Murphy should take over as the everyday catcher in Scranton, and with him now in Triple-A, that could clear room for the organization's top overall prospect, catcher Gary Sanchez - who was hitting .276 with 10 homers and 44 RBI at Tampa through Wednesday - to be moved up to Trenton very soon.

Though it wasn't Sanchez, the Thunder did receive a player from Tampa on Thursday: RHP Corey Black, the organization's fourth-round pick in 2012. Black was 2-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 starts for the T-Yanks this season, and because the Thunder had an open roster spot, there was no reciprocal move made.

The Thunder also announced that LHP Cesar Cabral has completed his 30-day rehab assignment, and is no longer on the team's active roster.

Also, with Black's departure to Trenton leaving an open roster spot in Tampa, the Yankees transferred RHP Rigoberto Arrebato to the T-Yanks from Staten Island; Arrebato pitched for Tampa earlier this season, going 1-2 with a 1.84 ERA in 15 appearances out of the bullpen.

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