The Jays From The Couch 2019 Blue Jays Top Prospects List Continues With #18 – Patrick Murphy
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2019. We’ve selected our Top 20 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”. To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 20179 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
Patrick Murphy came to the Blue Jays by way of the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Chandler, Arizona. The 6’4″ righty was due for Tommy John Surgery after graduation and didn’t begin his professional career until 2014, and it was a bit rough, as he allowed five earned runs over just four innings in two starts – and then it was back to the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his ribcage. The rib was removed, but Murphy still had numbness, leading doctors to remove a nerve in his elbow. He missed all of 2015.
Fast forward to 2016, and Patrick Murphy was finally healthy and throwing rocks at Northwest League hitters for your Vancouver Canadians. Since that first full, healthy season in Vancouver, Murphy has been on a solid, if not unmemorable trajectory to the major leagues. He graduated to High-A Dunedin by the end of the 2017 season, and put in six innings with Double-A New Hampshire by the end of 2018. That’s likely where he’ll begin 2019, but the underwhelming Buffalo staff and Murphy’s age (24 in June) might make his call to Triple-A more pressing, especially if Toronto feels like they can use him as a Taxi Squad kind of guy in the bullpen by the end of 2019.
|A+ (||A+ (||A+ (||Minors||10||6||2.89||3.35||28||28||1||155.2||140||58||50||5||53||0||140||645||1.240||8.1||0.3||3.1||8.1||2.64|
|A (2||A (2||A (2||Minors||4||4||3.20||4.10||23||17||0||109.2||111||50||39||8||47||0||77||469||1.441||9.1||0.7||3.9||6.3||1.64|
|Rk (||Rk (||Rk (||Minors||1||1||3.46||4.15||6||4||0||13.0||15||6||5||0||3||0||19||56||1.385||10.4||0.0||2.1||13.2||6.33|
Patrick Murphy is a ground ball machine, unlike my varsity baseball coach who couldn’t hit infield practice to save his life. Over the course of his four minor league seasons, Murphy has provided his infielders with an above-average GB% – that is, when he’s not striking out opposing batters at a 7.4 K/9. That K% jumped up in 2018 and his 135 K over 146+ innings earned him the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year honors. It also may have gone a long way in convincing the Blue Jays to add him to the 40-Man roster this fall.
|2014||Blue Jays (R)||2.00||25.0 %||50.0 %||25.0 %||0.0 %||0.0 %||50.0 %||12.5 %||37.5 %||3.45|
|2016||Blue Jays (A-)||2.49||18.0 %||58.5 %||23.5 %||13.7 %||0.0 %||39.9 %||18.8 %||41.3 %||4.06|
|2016||Blue Jays (A)||1.76||21.7 %||50.0 %||28.3 %||17.6 %||17.6 %||30.8 %||26.2 %||43.1 %||4.30|
|2017||Blue Jays (R)||4.50||8.3 %||75.0 %||16.7 %||0.0 %||0.0 %||41.7 %||8.3 %||50.0 %||0.56|
|2017||Blue Jays (A)||1.75||23.4 %||48.7 %||27.8 %||23.7 %||6.6 %||41.2 %||23.3 %||35.5 %||4.20|
|2017||Blue Jays (A+)||1.67||27.3 %||45.5 %||27.3 %||11.1 %||0.0 %||33.3 %||33.3 %||33.3 %||4.04|
|2018||Blue Jays (A+)||2.31||15.0 %||59.4 %||25.7 %||15.5 %||4.9 %||48.2 %||17.3 %||34.6 %||3.36|
|2018||Blue Jays (AA)||2.00||20.0 %||53.3 %||26.7 %||0.0 %||0.0 %||46.7 %||13.3 %||40.0 %||3.57|
After a rough start through the first two professional seasons, it seems Murphy has found himself a groove. He’s been consistently good since his early career arm troubles, and the balmy Florida summer of 2018 led the big righty to hit 100 MPH on the stadium gun.
But Murphy isn’t a one-pitch Irishman. He’s added more depth to his curveball, and in 2018 he began development of a third pitch, a change-up. So far, the addition of that third pitch and throwing the deuce much harder hasn’t harmed his right arm – and he’s polished off 150+ innings in each of the last two seasons.
In 2018, the Blue Jays org, their fans, and the Florida State League were treated to the coming of age season for the big righty from Arizona. In 2019 and beyond, we’ll see what he can really do against stiffer competition – which might even come in the American League East.
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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.