23-Year-Old Catcher – Colorado Rockies
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The Rockies’ top catching prospect, Murphy was viewed as a dark horse to reach the majors at some point last season, but that never materialized as he batted .213/.321/.415 through mid-May at Double-A...
Murphy is entering spring training healthy after dealing with a shoulder injury through 2014, the Denver Post reports.
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Colorado Rockies Roster
MajorsAdames, Cristhian (SS)
AAABettis, Chad (P)
AAArrowood, Ryan (P)
A+Alsup, Ben (P)
ABalog, Alex (P)
RookieCastellani, Ryan (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Sally League proved to be no challenge for Murphy, who slashed an impressive .288/.385/.590 with 19 homers before getting the call to Double-A Tulsa, skipping High-A entirely. He was able to maintain his success at the plate following the promotion, but still seems likely to spend most of the 2014 campaign at Tulsa for further defensive polish and some light refinement to his swing. Though Murphy doesn’t possess the game-changing power of Wilin Rosario, the Rockies’ anointed catcher of the present and future, he appears to be much more adequate as a game-caller and pitch-blocker, and has thus far proven capable with the bat. Colorado's pursuit of Carlos Ruiz in free agency in the offseason suggests the organization is somewhat skeptical Rosario can make the necessary defensive improvements to stay behind the plate long-term, which could open the door for Murphy at some point if he continues to thrive in the upper minors.