Matt Murton
14
2001-2003
Outfielder
6-1, 214
Bats: R/Throws: R
McDonough, Ga.
(Eagles Landing)

Class of 2008, Cape Cod League Hall of Fame.

2010: Signed with Hanshin Tigers.

2009: Traded to Colorado Rockies 2/4.

2008: Assigned to Class AAA Iowa to begin season....recalled to Majors 4/19....optioned back to Iowa 5/1....recalled by Chicago 6/17....traded to Oakland in six-player deal 7/8 and made debut with Oakland 7/11....optioned to Class AAA Sacramento 7/27....played in 15 games for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela Winter League hitting .321 with two home runs and seven RBi in 53 at-bats.

2007: Opening Day starter in left field for Cubs....hit .252 (.145 at home/.344 on road) with just one home run and eight RBI in 119 at-bats through 6/12....optioned to Class AAA Iowa 6/13....hit .422 (19-for-45) during 11-game hitting streak 7/13 to 7/22....was 4-for-6 with a grand slam, a double and six RBI 7/25 at Colorado Springs....recalled to the Majors 7/27....homered in back-to-back games 8/9 and 8/10 at Colorado.

2006: Belted a three-run homer in first at-bat of the season while getting the opening day start in left field for the Cubs....tied National League record with four doubles while also driving in a season-high five runs in second game of doubleheader 8/3 vs. Arizona....hit .330 during the season in games played at Wrigley Field....also hit .319 following the All-Star Break.

2005: Saw duty with Chicago Cubs during Spring Training in Arizona....assigned to Class AA West Tenn (Southern League)....opened the season with a 15-game hitting streak (4/7 to 4/23)....Named Southern League Hitter of the Week for April 18-24 after batting .538 and recording multiple hits in six of the seven games played against Tennessee and Huntsville. Week highlighted by two consecutive three-hit games at Tennessee, including a two-homer, three-RBI effort on 4/18....selected to play for Northern Division in Southern League All-Star Game at Mobile, Ala. 7/13....promoted to Chicago 7/7 after hitting .342 in 78 games for West Tenn....went 2-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice fly and a walk in his Major League debut 7/8 at Florida....posted first four-hit game 7/18 at Cincinnati....belted first Major League home run off Wandy Rodriguez 8/15 at Houston....optioned to Class AAA Iowa 8/19....recalled to Majors 8/30....played for Mesa Solar Sox of Arizona Fall League....named the No. 12 prospect in the Southern League by Baseball America.

2004: Assigned to Class A Sarasota (Florida State League)....selected to play in Florida State League All-Star Game and won pre-game Home Run Derby 6/12....traded to Chicago Cubs 7/31/2004 and re-assigned to Florida State League affiliate at Daytona....hit a combined .292 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI over 126 FSL games.

2003: First pre-season All-America selection by Baseball America and second team choice by Collegiate Baseball....second team All-ACC....selected by Boston Red Sox with 32nd pick of the First Year Player Draft....signed professional contract 7/8 and assigned to Class A Lowell (NY-Penn League)....named No. 13 prospect in the New York-Penn League and the No. 5 prospect in the Boston farm system by Baseball America.

2002: Second team All-ACC selection....Contributed a grand slam, five RBI, and career-best four runs scored vs. Tennessee Tech 2/17....Collected three hits in games against East Tennessee State (3/5) and Winthrop (3/10)....hit second grand slam of season while driving in five runs 3/30 at N.C. State. Overall, went 8-for-14 with ten RBI and six runs scored in series with Wolfpack....posted eight-game hitting streak (19-for-36, .528) with 13 RBI and nine runs scored 3/29 to 4/7....belted a pair of two-run homers vs. Virginia 4/28....matched career-high with four hits vs. North Carolina 5/18....suffered broken middle finger on right hand during tryout with Team USA....joined Cape Cod League champion Wareham Gatemen in mid-July....won Cape Cod League All-Star Game Home Run Derby 7/27 at Harwich, Mass....named No. 3 prospect at Cape Cod by Baseball America.

2001: Tech's leading hitter and freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball....Collected first collegiate hits with 2-for-2 effort at Georgia Southern 2/17....hit three-run homer 3/13 at Georgia State prompting start of regular duty....exploded with two three-run home runs in one inning and eight RBI overall vs. Georgia State 4/4....recorded six consecutive multiple hit games from 3/31 to 4/8....went 7-for-13 during three-game set with Charleston Southern May 4-6....hit .500 (7-for-14) with five runs and four walks during the ACC Tournament....excelled during summer with Cape Cod Cod League champion Wareham Gatemen leading circuit in RBI while finishing second in batting and fifth in stolen bases....belted a fifth-inning solo home run to provide the West with its only run in a 10-1 loss to the East in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game 7/21 at Falmouth, Mass....also went 1-for-4 including a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored to help the Cape Cod League All-Stars to a 5-2 victory over the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars 7/28 at Keene, N.H....overall, led Cape League in RBI while finishing second in batting average, third in on-base percentage and fifth in stolen bases....cited by Peter Gammons as top positional prospect at Cape Cod....named No. 3 prospect overall at Cape by Baseball America....received Pat Sorenti Award as Cape Cod League MVP....first team selection to Summer All-America Team by Baseball America.

"Watch him hit, and you think of Edgar Martinez. Disciplined, can run (4.5/40) and is a third- or fourth-place hitter in the major leagues." - Peter Gammons.

High School: A four-year letterwinner for coach Blake Lyons at Eagles Landing High School....Established a number of school records as a senior, batting .551 with 11 home runs, 41 RBI, 12 doubles, 49 hits and 34 walks....Batted .425 with 34 RBI as a junior....Holds school career records with a .405 career average, 24 home runs, 143 hits, 24 doubles, nine triples, 122 RBI, 125 runs, 67 walks and 32 stolen bases....Won the Connie Mack World Series Home Run Derby in Farmington , N.M., in the summer of 2000....A two-time team MVP and all-county selection....Twice named to the all-Southern Crescent team....Hit .429 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in the summer of 1999 with the East Cobb Yankees....Helped lead the Yankees to the Connie Mack World Series Championship....Also lettered three years in basketball as a small forward....An Honor Roll student at Eagles Landing.

Personal: Matthew Henry Murton....Born Oct. 3, 1981....Son of Bill and Susan Murton....Enjoys playing golf, tennis and basketball....Majoring in Management.

 Professional Statistics
 Year  Team           AVG   G   AB   R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO  SB CS  E
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 2003  Lowell        .286  53  189  30  54  11  2  2  29  27  39   9  3  2
 2004  Sarasota      .301 102  376  60 113  16  4 11  55  42  61   5  4  2
       Daytona       .253  24   79  13  20   1  1  2   8   8  10   2  0  0 
 2005  West Tenn     .342  78  313  46 107  17  4  8  46  29  42  18  5  4 
       CHICAGO       .321  51  140  19  45   3  2  7  14  16  22   2  1  2
       Iowa          .353   9   34   4  12   2  0  1   3   4   8   0  0 
       Mesa (AFL)    .337  24   92  15  31  11  1  1  14   7  12   3  1
 2006  CHICAGO       .297 144  455  70 135  22  3 13  62  45  62   5  2  3
 2007  CHICAGO 	     .281  94  235  35  66  13  0  8  22  26  39   1  0  4
       Iowa          .331  39  151  30  50  16  1  6  27  18  18   1  0
 2008  Iowa          .298  54  191  26  57  11  1  1  15  29  20   4  2  
       CHICAGO       .250  19   40   2  10   2  0  0   6   1   5   0  0  0
       OAKLAND       .100   9   30   1   3   1  0  0   2   1   7   0  0  0
       Sacramento    .290  86  321  45  93  23  3  2  28  42  40   7  3
 2009  COLORADO      .250  29   52   7  13   5  0  1   6   4  14   2  0  0
       Colo Springs  .324  97  373  72 121  27  1 12  79  39  52  12  2
 2010  Hanshin
  

 Georgia Tech Statistics
 Year   AVG  GP-GS   AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB-ATT  FLD%
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 2001  .385  47-38  161  43  62  14   1   7  35   14  16   3-5    .889
 2002  .344  64-63  250  62  86  16   1  10  58   36  37  20-27   .933
 2003  .301  62-62  246  64  74  10   3  13  56   35  41  19-23  1.000 


 Summer Statistics
 Year  Team      AVG   G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR RBI BB SO  SB CS  E
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 2001  Wareham  .324  38 145  23  47   7  0  2  28 18 35  19  0  1
 2002  Wareham  .400  16  55   9  22   6  1  0   8  7 10   5  2  0