WINNIPEG BACKSTOP MURPHY HEADS TO COLORADO

WINNIPEG BACKSTOP MURPHY HEADS TO COLORADO

Courtesy Winnipeg Goldeyes Media Relations

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Winnipeg Goldeyes announced on Wednesday that catcher Tanner Murphy’s contract has been purchased by the Colorado Rockies’ organization.

Murphy hit .208 in 59 games played for the Goldeyes last season with one home run and 18 RBI.  The Phoenix native added 10 runs scored, eight doubles, and 13 walks.  Murphy launched the Goldeyes’ first home run of the year during the team’s season opener on May 19th at Joplin’s Joe Becker Stadium.  A lefthanded hitter and righthanded defender, Murphy set a career single-game high with four RBI on July 13th versus the Sioux City Explorers.

Murphy was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 22nd round in 2010 out of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz.  The 24-year-old catcher spent six seasons in the Orioles’ farm system, reaching the Low-A South Atlantic League in 2014 and 2015.  Murphy has hit .223 over seven professional seasons with 22 doubles, two home runs, and 48 RBI in 169 games played.  The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Murphy has thrown out 20 percent of opposing base stealers as a professional, and finished at 24 percent or higher in four consecutive years from 2011-14.