Murphy's brother drafted by Twins in 19th round

Murphy's brother drafted by Twins in 19th round

Murphy's brother drafted by Twins in 19th round
WASHINGTON -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy offered a simple scouting report on his brother, Jonathan, whom the Twins selected in the 19th round of this year's First-Year Player Draft.

"He's better than me," the elder Murphy said. "He's much more athletic than I ever dreamed about. I square the ball up just a little bit more than he does, but he's got more juice, more power, he's got a better arm, runs better. Pretty much anything out on the baseball field, he does it better than I do."

The 580th overall pick in the Draft, Jonathan Murphy ranked third in NCAA Division I with 40 stolen bases in 46 attempts this season, also hitting .248 in 56 games as a senior outfielder at Jacksonville University.

"He's excited -- really excited," Daniel Murphy said. "As an older brother, the culmination of all the work I've seen him put in ... not many are fortunate enough to do that. You've now entered kind of the one percent of the world's population. So he's excited."

As for a potential meeting in the big leagues one day?

"Hopefully my knees will hold up," Murphy said, "and I'll be waiting for him."