Colorado Rockies Rundown: Lyles, Murphy, Flande, Arenado, Chacin

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Mar 1, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher T. Murphy poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Murphy’s big night!


Tom Murphy had a big night on Saturday evening, getting his first career hit and collecting his first Major League homer (in separate at-bats) in the Colorado Rockies’ win.

Murphy, on the homer, and the night:

"“That’s something I’ll never forget for sure. He threw me three sliders in a row. The third one I sat on it and he just left it up with 0-2. I thought off the bat it was [going out]. I knew I hit it pretty well.”"

[ Related: Despite premature end, Nick Hundley had a great first year ]

First off, congrats to Tom Murphy. The first big league hit, and the first big league home run, both removed from the to-do list and now a thing that nobody will ever take away from the young catcher.

Beyond that, he’s obviously jockeying here for position with Dustin Garneau, as well as injured Michael McKenry, as the Rockies try to handicap who best to fit in that backup catcher role next season.

I’d love to see Murphy there, considering he’s tabbed as the catcher of the future and could learn quite a bit under Nick Hundley in 2016 before taking the reins in 2017. This is just one step closer to that idea.

Next: Yohan Flande injury updates