SPRINGFIELD– Catcher Tommy Murphy was recently called up by the Colorado Rockies, marking the latest Blue Sox alum to be called up to the Major Leagues.
“Anytime of on our own makes it to Major League Baseball it’s a testament not only to the quality of our baseball people in our organization over the years, but the league as a whole,” Blue Sox President Clark Eckhoff said. “Our baseball people have worked overtime over the years to identify elite talent from all over the country and many of tomorrow’s stars can be seen right here in the Valley. We’re very happy for Tom and we’re confident his future in the big leagues is very bright.”
Murphy, widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization, hit .249/.320/.468 in AA New Britain before being called up to AAA later in the season where he hit .271/.301/.535 in 135 plate appearances.
His path to the Majors was a quick one – having been selected only three years ago by the Rockies in the 2012 MLB draft in the 3rd Round (105th overall).
“Tommy’s easily one of our organization’s higher profile prospects,” Blue Sox General Manager Hunter Golden said. “His power may have been the most prolific in the team’s history. We’re very proud of him and this accomplishment.”
Murphy played with the Blue Sox during the 2011 season where he joined the team via the University of Buffalo. During his time in the Valley he hit .291/.364/.575 while on his way to hitting 10 HR’s that year, good enough for the most in the NECBL in 2011.
The Blue Sox had nine players selected in this year’s 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.