Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Colorado Rockies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Given September callup
CColorado Rockies
September 1, 2018
Murphy was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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The backstop, who homered 17 times for the Isotopes in just 236 at-bats, hasn't found much success in limited big-league opportunities this season, slashing a mere .227/.253/.398 in 91 plate appearances. Though several starts could come his way down the stretch, Murphy will find it difficult to break through for much work ahead of Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters and recent acquisition Drew Butera.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+40%
OPS vs RHP
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+78%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .539 66 4 1 5 0 .164 .227 .311
Since 2016vs Right .756 105 10 6 20 1 .240 .276 .480
2018vs Left .637 32 1 0 3 0 .226 .250 .387
2018vs Right .637 64 4 2 8 0 .226 .250 .387
2017vs Left .276 19 1 0 1 0 .059 .158 .118
2017vs Right .000 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016vs Left .651 15 2 1 1 0 .154 .267 .385
2016vs Right 1.157 34 6 4 12 1 .323 .382 .774
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+122%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+390%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+584%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .944 81 11 6 19 0 .286 .321 .623
Since 2016Away .426 90 3 1 6 1 .143 .200 .226
2018Home .813 40 4 1 7 0 .282 .300 .513
2018Away .511 56 1 1 4 0 .185 .214 .296
2017Home .071 14 1 0 0 0 .000 .071 .000
2017Away .348 12 0 0 1 0 .091 .167 .182
2016Home 1.601 27 6 5 12 0 .440 .481 1.120
2016Away .234 22 2 0 1 1 .053 .182 .053
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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.
BB/K
0.07
 
BB Rate
3.1%
 
K Rate
45.8%
 
BABIP
.404
 
ISO
.161
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.387
 
OPS
.637
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Sent to minors Tuesday
CColorado Rockies
August 7, 2018
Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
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Not in Monday's lineup
CColorado Rockies
August 6, 2018
Murphy is not starting Monday against the Pirates, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Off Saturday
CColorado Rockies
August 4, 2018
Murphy will not start behind the dish in Saturday's game against the Brewers, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Day off Wednesday
CColorado Rockies
August 1, 2018
Murphy is not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
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Second straight start
CColorado Rockies
July 29, 2018
Murphy will start at catcher and hit seventh Sunday against the Athletics, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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