Colorado Rockies Rundown: Prospects, Playoffs, And More
Sep 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher T. Murphy (30) singles on a bunt in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
What to do with Tom Murphy?
(via Purple Row)
Purple row has a nice piece up about Tom Murphy, and what the Colorado Rockies’ plans may be for the catcher next year.
Starting with this:
"The Rockies, on the other hand, are in a very different place right now. Rather than being focused on wins and losses, they are primarily focused on individual performances right now as prospects from their deep and talented farm system begin to trickle into their Major League team. Tom Murphy is one of those prospects! He hit his third home run of the season Wednesday night and in his extraordinarily limited sample size — just 21 plate appearances — he has put up an impressive .300/.333/.750 slash line and has looked solid defensively behind the plate, leaving the Rockies with three different options to maximize his value as we head into the 2016 season."
…the piece then goes into three options the Rockies have for Murphy (have him in the big leagues from day one, promote him about two months into the season, or wait until later in 2016 to have him called up).
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Service time concerns aside (which would be why you promote him two months into the season), I like having Murphy up as the backup catcher from day one in 2016, assuming he does well enough this winter and during Spring Training.
Let him learn behind a good, capable veteran in Nick Hundley, so that when 2017 rolls around, Murphy is ready to roll as the Rockies’ starting catcher.