Tom Murphy (catcher)

Tom Murphy
Colorado Rockies – No. 23
Born: (1991-04-03) April 3, 1991
West Monroe, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2015, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .266
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 22

Thomas James Murphy, Jr. (born April 3, 1991) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, Murphy played college baseball for the University at Buffalo.


Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
2015 Toronto Team

Murphy attended Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, New York, where he played for the school's baseball team. He had a .510 batting average in his senior year, and was honored as All-Central New York (CNY) and the CNY Athlete of the Year.[1] In high school, Murphy was recruited to play college baseball at Buffalo, St. John’s, Michigan, Wagner, Le Moyne and Monmouth.[2]

Murphy ultimately committed to play baseball at the University at Buffalo. In 2011, he was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year after leading the conference with a .384 batting average.[3] That summer, he played for the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), and hit a home run over the Green Monster at Fenway Park against the United States Collegiate National Team in the NECBL All-Star Game.[4][5]

The Colorado Rockies selected Murphy in the third round, with the 105th overall selection, of the 2012 MLB Draft.[6] In 2012, he played for the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, and in 2013, he plays for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), where he was named SAL Hitter of the Week for the week of April 29 through May 5, 2013.[7][8] He received a midseason promotion to the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League.[9] Murphy returned to Tulsa in 2014, but was limited to 27 games as a result of a shoulder injury. He began the 2015 season with the Rockies' new Class AA affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League.[10] He was chosen to play for the United States national baseball team in the 2015 Pan American Games.[11][12] Following the Pan American Games, the Rockies promoted Murphy to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

The Rockies promoted Murphy to the major leagues on September 11, 2015.[13] Murphy made his Major League debut on September 12 against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.[14] Murphy hit his first Major League home run on September 19 at Coors Field off San Diego Padres pitcher Marcos Mateo.[15]

Prior to the 2016 season, Baseball America ranked him the 97th best prospect in Major League Baseball.[16] He missed substantial time during the 2016 season due to an oblique injury suffered at the end of spring training.[17]


Tom was raised by his parents, Kelly and Tom Sr., in West Monroe, New York.[18] The family are fans of the New York Yankees.[4]


  1. "Oswego County Weeklies". Oswego County Weeklies. October 17, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  2. "Tom Murphy - Buffalo". University at Buffalo Athletics. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  3. "UB's Murphy wins top honor in MAC baseball - Sports". The Buffalo News. May 28, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  4. 1 2 King, Tom. "Tom Murphy of Holyoke Blue Sox blasts one over the Green Monster as Team NECBL downs Team USA". Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  5. Gleason, Bucky (April 24, 2012). "One at-bat puts catcher on the radar". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on August 11, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  6. "Murphy of UB drafted by Rockies - Sports". The Buffalo News. June 6, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  7. Ballew, Bill. "SAL notes: Rox's Murphy embraces role | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  8. Lee, David (May 11, 2013). "Asheville catcher Tom Murphy makes organization look good | The Augusta Chronicle". Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  9. Dykstra, Sam (2013-01-01). "Butler, Herrera break out for Rockies | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  10. "Eastern League notes: Healthy Colorado Rockies prospect Tom Murphy powering New Britain Rock Cats - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  11. "Rock Cats catcher, Tom Murphy, named to USA Baseball roster". New Britain Herald. Central Connecticut Communications. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  12. Klajman, Ed (July 19, 2015). "Murphy finds heartbreak in baseball final". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on August 11, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  13. "Valley Blue Sox alum Tommy Murphy called up by Colorado Rockies". September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  14. Groke, Nick (September 13, 2015). "Rockies' manager Walt Weiss unsure of lineup against Clayton Kershaw". Denver Post. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  15. Groke, Nick (September 19, 2015). "Rockies pound Padres behind Christian Bergman, dodge 100-loss season". Denver Post. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  16. "Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  17. Saunders, Patrick (September 2, 2016). "Tom Murphy and Raimel Tapia called up by Rockies". Denver Post. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  18. Manganiello, Joe (September 12, 2016). "Central Square product Tom Murphy soars at Coors Field". Watertown Daily Times. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
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