By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
In the eighth round of the 2017 MLB Draft the Orioles made a smart selection, literally. With the 248th overall pick they selected a fifth year college senior, Jimmy Murphy, out of Fordham University. Fordham lists Murphy as a graduate student in his team biography.
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Intelligence is not the only thing this 5’11” 195 lb. right-hander pitcher has going for him; he has the ability to anchor a pitching staff.
Serving as the Rams 2017 co-captain, Murphy threw a team high 93.2 innings in 13 starts. He pitched to a 6-7 record with a 2.59 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He threw 3 complete games in 2017. Murphy limited batters to a .225 batting average while striking out 85 and walking 27. His 6 wins tied him for the team lead and his 85 strikeouts were good for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Murphy received many accolades in 2017 including a First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection as well as being named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week twice. The South Orange, New Jersey native reached career highs in both innings pitched (9.1 against Canisius) and strike outs (14 against Sacred Heart) in 2017.
Murphy’s fastball tops out a 94 mph and generally sits in the 88-92 mph range.
Utilized as both a starter and a reliever his first 4 years at Fordham, Murphy made the transition to starting only in 2017. His career numbers with the Rams are:
12-18 record with 8 saves in 71 appearances, 32 of which were starts. He owns a 4.08 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP in 245 innings of work. Holding batters to a .276 batting average, he struck out 191 while walking 93 with 18 career wild pitches and 18 hit batters.
His strikeout/walk ratio stands at 2.05 while his strikeout/9 innings pitched is 7.02.
Troubling is his career hits/9 innings of 9.37.
It was announced on June 21st that Murphy had signed with the Orioles. As with most of the college players drafted I anticipate him being assigned to the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Class-A Short).
Interestingly enough, Murphy joins the Orioles’ 1987 1st round draft pick, Pete Harnisch, as one of only two Fordham Rams drafted by the Baltimore organization.
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