Counting Down Top Rockies Prospects: No. 15 Tom Murphy
15. Tom Murphy, C
Born: 4/3/1991. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 203. Drafted: Buffalo, 2012 (3rd round). Signed by: Ed Santa.
Murphy was in line to be the Rockies No. 1 catcher last spring, but on a throw to second base during a spring training game he hit the bat of Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo and fractured his right forearm. He did not make his season debut with the Rockies until June 15. Eight games and two weeks later he was back at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he appeared in a total of 38 games. He was recalled in September, but made only four appearances, no starts, with the Rockies in a battle for a post-season spot and the team having acquired veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy in late July. The only baseball player drafted out of the University of Buffalo, Murphy was a third-round selection of the Rockies in 2012. He remains the Rockies prime catching prospect. He moves well behind the plate and is a decent receiver, but can improve. He has regained arm strength after missing the 2014 season with a strained rotator. He has legitimate power potential with a quick swing that has loft.