Infielder Luke Murton (34) of the Charleston RiverDogs hits balls off a tee during batting practice prior to a game against the Greenville Drive on May 27, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Last week when I quietly walked over to the batting net where Luke Murton was hitting balls off a tee before a game, I was hoping I could fade into the background and not be noticed.
I almost never ask players to pose for a photo, so sometimes when I catch them by surprise they change what they’re doing and turn away. Murton, was intent, however, and never looked up.
I was just editing these photos when I found out that yesterday he was named the South Atlantic League offensive player of the week, leading the league in doubles and hitting a cool .500 for the week.
Here’s what Josh Jackson of MLB has to say about him: “Yankees ’09 draftee Luke Murton leads the league in doubles after rocketing five two-baggers this week, two of which came in Monday’s 3-for-3 performance. He hit safely in each of the six games he played in, totaling three hits to open a weekend series in Kannapolis on Saturday. In Sunday’s doubleheader, he continued to punish the Intimidators, going 3-for-7 with a homer, a double and two runs scored over the course of the day.”
Infielder Luke Murton (34) of the Charleston RiverDogs, Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, in a game against the Greenville Drive on May 27, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com