This wasn’t how it was supposed to go for Tom Murphy.
The third-round-draft-pick-catcher dotted Rockies top prospects lists every year he was in the minors. After a full season adjusting to Double-A pitching in 2014, he broke through in 2015, advancing not only to the next level but the big leagues as well, just three years after being drafted.
Murphy’s marketed power that we were promised shined in Colorado. It seemed the Rockies had their next No. 1 catcher knocking on the door, in time for an easy changing of the guard with Nick Hundley the next season. But then Tony Wolters arrived, relegating Murphy to a second consecutive September call-up role. And then, in 2017, a fractured forearm in spring training cost him the starting job out of camp, and played a factor in a season-long lack of production.
In 2018, he once again lost a MLB roster spot to Wolters, finding himself in Triple-A even though many thought he would be assuming a position in the starting lineup at Coors Field regularly by now.
This wasn’t how it was supposed to go for Murphy, but he’s taken it in stride—and then some—as he begins the season with the Isotopes, getting off to a scorching hot start in the first few weeks.