The Sioux City Explorers have signed former New York Yankees Triple-A farmhand, Luke Murton. He will be in uniform Friday for Sioux City, when they open a three-game home stand versus the Grand Prairie Airhogs.
Drafted by the Yankees in the 19th Round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Murton has spent the last five seasons in the Yankees system, including this year with their Triple-A franchise. Last year with the double-A Trenton Thunder, the 27-year-old hit .249 with 116 hits, 21 doubles, two triples and 25 home runs, in 466 at-bats.
In 2010, Murton was named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star with the Charleston Riverdogs, the A affiliate of the Yankees. That year, the McDonough, Georgia native, hit .282 in 397 at bats with 112 hits, 32 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs.
Over his career, Murton has hit .268 in 1,603 at-bats with 100 doubles, six triples and 53 home runs, while driving in 226 runs.
"I'm looking for more offense, a little bit more offense," said X's manager Stan Cliburn. "Maybe a little bit more of a home run type threat. The team batting average is right there in the middle of the pack and our hits, we're not really hitting with men in scoring position. I think we're last in runs scored and RBI's in the league and that's got to improve."
To make room for Murton, the X's traded Palmer Karr back to Laredo, Texas. Karr was second on the team with 13 RBI's.
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