‘Murph’ taming bats in pro ball
J.R. Murphy seems to have settled in just fine with his new team.
Pitching twice a week out of the bullpen, the 2004 Truckee High grad has posted a 1-1 record and 3.57 ERA in 12 appearances for the Tri-City (Wash.) Dust Devils, the Colorado Rockies’ Short-Season Class A affiliate of the Northwest League.
As of Friday Murphy had allowed 15 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and six walks in 17.2 innings while recording 19 strikeouts. He’s been particularly tough against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .174 average. Overall, opposing batters are hitting .234 against the 6-foot-3 right-hander.
Most recently, Murphy pitched three innings Tuesday against the Vancouver Canadians, giving up one hit and striking out three to earn his first win of the season.
Murphy, who played his first two years of collegiate ball at Yavapai College in Arizona and his final two at San Diego State, signed with the Rockies’ organization as an undrafted free agent in June.
He was on the road Friday and could not be reached for comment.
A three-year varsity player at Truckee, Murphy earned first-team All-State honors his junior and a senior years and became the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) single-season strikeout record holder, with 139.