Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Waived by the Rockies in March of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Giants in March of 2019.
Slugs eighth homer
CSeattle Mariners
June 17, 2019
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs in the Mariners' 6-4 loss to the Royals on Monday.
It was the eighth long ball of the season for Murphy, who continues to hit well while sharing catching duties with Omar Narvaez. He's now slashing .300/.319/.611 through 90 at-bats, which would ordinarily make a case he deserves the majority of the starts at the position. However, Narvaez is also having a solid season at the dish, so the two figure to continue to share starts for the time being.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
Since 2017vs Left .709 108 9 4 14 1 .235 .278 .431
Since 2017vs Right .704 121 9 6 16 0 .233 .256 .448
2019vs Left .889 57 7 4 10 1 .296 .333 .556
2019vs Right .896 50 5 4 8 0 .277 .300 .596
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .789 109 12 5 16 1 .252 .294 .495
Since 2017Away .633 120 6 5 14 0 .217 .242 .391
2019Home .953 55 7 4 9 1 .294 .345 .608
2019Away .828 52 5 4 9 0 .280 .288 .540
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Five homers in last five starts
CSeattle Mariners
June 10, 2019
Murphy went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in the Mariners' 9-3 win over the Angels.
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Homers in win
CSeattle Mariners
June 7, 2019
Murphy went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 6-2 victory at Angel Stadium.
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Homers in win
CSeattle Mariners
June 5, 2019
Murphy went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's 14-1 win over the Astros.
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Paces offense Friday
CSeattle Mariners
May 31, 2019
Murphy went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels.
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Back on bench
CSeattle Mariners
May 12, 2019
Murphy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Greg Johns of reports.
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