Murphy Arrives and Delivers for Rockies
This time, Tom Murphy feels ready for his big-league opportunity.
The catcher, whom the Rockies called up from the minor leagues on Tuesday, is in the big leagues for the fourth consecutive season. The first two times, he made September cameos after rosters were expanded.
A year ago, after spending three months recovering from a broken right forearm suffered in spring training, the Rockies brought him to the big leagues in June, hoping he could fill a catching void, eventually filled with the late July acquisition of veteran Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers.
In two weeks, he was 1-for-20 and returned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
On Tuesday, 362 days after that initial call up in 2017, Murphy returned to the big leagues, was promptly inserted in the starting lineup, and while the Rockies lost 4-3 against the Phillies, Murphy was a bright spot. He was solid behind the plate and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two run-scoring singles, the first two runs the Rockies scored.
"It's being more comfortable with who I am," Murphy told Thomas Harding of MLB.com. "Not putting up a wall or front for anyone, but showing who I am and being that person. Part of it is laughing and having a good time."
Murphy was having a good time at Albuquerque, where he hit .289, was second in the Pacific Coast League with 16 home runs, and also had 14 doubles, two triples, 45 RBI, and 34 runs scored.
And his 3-for-4 effort on Tuesday actually jumped the Rockies combined average for catchers from .202 to .211.
Carrying three catchers is a bit unusual – the Diamondbacks are the one team that has done that since the start of last year – but the Rockies knew they needed to address offensive problems behind the plate. They also have some versatility with Tony Wolters, originally a middle infielder, who can fill in at second base and also is a left-handed hitter.
NL Catchers (minimum 75 at-bats)
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