Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Seattle Mariners
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 60-game schedule last season meant it was quite easy for one injury to wipe out a player's entire campaign. That's what happened with Murphy, who fouled a ball off his foot in early July and wound up missing the entire season with a fracture. He's expected to be fully healthy heading into 2021, but the year off makes a player who was already somewhat difficult to evaluate even tougher to place. Murphy's .273/.324/.535 slash line in 2019 would be good for any player, let alone a catcher, but that came in just 76 games and was preceded by four partial seasons in which he hit a combined .219/.271/.439 in 81 contests. Heading into his age-30 season, he'll likely open in a timeshare with Luis Torrens. He's shown higher highs than most backstops available in his range, but those highs were brief and now more than a year in the past, so there's no guarantee he comes close to repeating them. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#344
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$Signed a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Mariners in January of 2021.
Out of Sunday's lineup
CSeattle Mariners
September 19, 2021
Murphy is not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals.
ANALYSIS
Murphy went 0-for-2 during Saturday's contest and will take a seat for the second time in the past three games. Cal Raleigh will work behind the plate for Seattle.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
1
9
14
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
1
11
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7
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+59%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+54%
OPS vs LHP
2020
No Stats
2019
 
 
+69%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .944 284 37 19 46 1 .289 .373 .570
Since 2019vs Right .593 286 28 10 26 1 .192 .252 .341
2021vs Left .802 154 19 8 21 0 .237 .344 .458
2021vs Right .521 135 14 3 11 0 .168 .252 .269
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 1.103 130 18 11 25 1 .347 .408 .695
2019vs Right .653 151 14 7 15 1 .211 .252 .401
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2020
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2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .817 286 36 16 36 1 .252 .329 .488
Since 2019Away .714 284 29 13 36 1 .227 .296 .418
2021Home .787 152 20 10 21 0 .217 .322 .465
2021Away .542 137 13 1 11 0 .190 .277 .264
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .848 134 16 6 15 1 .288 .336 .512
2019Away .868 147 16 12 25 1 .259 .313 .556
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Stat Review
How does Tom Murphy compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.37
 
BB Rate
12.1%
 
K Rate
32.5%
 
BABIP
.270
 
ISO
.164
 
AVG
.204
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.368
 
OPS
.669
 
wOBA
.300
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.4%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
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After four partial seasons in Colorado, Murphy joined Seattle for the 2019 campaign to play behind Omar Narvaez. By the end of the season, Murphy had become one of the premier backup catchers in baseball, compiling a .273 average and 18 home runs in 260 at-bats. The 28-year-old's emergence was not entirely a surprise as he had tallied a .286 average and 47 homers in 215 Triple-A games. Strikeouts have long been a problem for Murphy -- he holds a career 34.4 K% -- but his power is undeniable. Murphy's .262 ISO and 14.4 AB/HR each ranked third among catchers last season (minimum 250 PA), and the 18.9 degree average launch angle he generated portends many homers to come. With Narvaez now with Milwaukee, Murphy should start for Seattle in 2020. His propensity to swing and miss makes his batting average volatile, but he is a mixed-league catcher based on his power potential and expected playing time.
The list of would-be Rockies catchers expected to be a fantasy stud is dotted with names like Todd Greene, J.D. Closser, Ben Petrick, Wilin Rosario, Yorvit Torrealba, Miguel Olivo and Charles Johnson. Murphy has his work cut out for him to keep his name from being added. He posted an impressive 1.006 OPS in September of 2016, heightening expectations for 2017. Hidden in that impressive month was a not-so-impressive 39 percent strikeout rate. In the spring, Murphy broke his arm, getting hit by an Anthony Rizzo swing while attempting to thwart a steal attempt. When he finally returned, Murphy struggled with Triple-A Albuquerque, fanning at a 36 percent clip with a middling .736 OPS. He was promoted when rosters expanded and played sparingly down the stretch, recording a terrible .198 OPS in 26 plate appearances. Murphy is still young, but Colorado brought back Chris Iannetta, so Murphy is going to have to have a big spring to carve out a significant role. Let someone else draft the uniform.
A dreadful spring training left Murphy in the minor leagues to start the season, but the 25-year-old turned things around in a flash while catching for Triple-A Albuquerque. In 80 games with the Isotopes, Murphy throttled opposing pitchers for 26 doubles, seven triples, and 19 home runs to run his slash line up to a ridiculous .327/.361/.647. Though his strikeout and walk rates look horrific, both actually improved in 2016. The best part of it all is that the top prospect's power tool translated to the big leagues during his September callup, as he logged five home runs and two doubles in just 44 at-bats. An improvement in his K:BB ratio would be more than welcome for the Rockies and fantasy owners alike, but there's no denying that Murphy's power is ready to take stage in Denver. Now that Nick Hundley is out of the picture, the Rockies' starting catching job is Murphy's to lose.
Murphy spent most of 2015 in the minors, where he showed excellent power-hitting ability. In 294 plate appearances with Double-A New Britain, the 24-year-old had a .788 OPS and improved it to an outstanding .836 after his promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque. This strong showing and injuries at the major league level led to his first big-league action in September. He only batted .257 in 39 plate appearances, but still showed his impressive power with three homers and a double. Murphy's season was cut short with another shoulder injury in October -- he missed most of 2014 with a shoulder issue -- but no structural damage was found and he should compete for a spot on the Rockies' roster in the spring if he can stay healthy.
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 Tulsa and then missed the remainder of the campaign with a shoulder issue. He’s expected to be healthy for the start of the upcoming season and figures to slot back in as the primary catcher at the same level again, but the 24-year-old will need to rediscover the plus power and on-base skills that he previously demonstrated in the California League. Murphy isn’t nearly as skilled defensively as he is with the bat, but the Rockies seem to believe his receiving abilities and throwing arm are competent enough for him to avoid a position change. In any case, it’s Murphy’s offense that will dictate his eventual arrival to the majors, so if he’s able to rebound swiftly from the long injury layoff, he could still have an outside chance at usurping the disappointing Wilin Rosario for the Rockies’ everyday catching gig some point later in the season.
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.
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Retreats to bench
CSeattle Mariners
September 17, 2021
Murphy is not starting Friday against the Royals.
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Not in Tuesday's starting nine
CSeattle Mariners
September 14, 2021
Murphy is not starting Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Blasts pair of homers in win
CSeattle Mariners
September 11, 2021
Murphy went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a two-run blast in a win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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Eclipses Raleigh on depth chart
CSeattle Mariners
September 8, 2021
Murphy will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday against the Astros.
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On base three times
CSeattle Mariners
September 5, 2021
Murphy went 2-for-3 with a run, two RBI and a walk in Sunday's 10-4 extra -innings win over Arizona.
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