Bill Murphy (baseball)
|Long Island Ducks – No. 14|
May 9, 1981 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|September 3, 2007 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
(through 2011 season)
|Earned run average||4.08|
Murphy attended Arlington High School in Riverside, California. After graduating from high school, Murphy was granted a baseball scholarship to CSU Northridge. Before attending college, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 24th round (738th overall) in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign with them.
After attending California State University, Northridge/CSU Northridge for three years, Murphy was selected as the 98th overall pick in the third-round of the 2002 famous Moneyball draft. Being a LHP, Murphy is best known for his dominant curveball and deceiving change-up.
He was drafted again by the Oakland Athletics in the third round (98th overall) of the 2002 "Moneyball" draft. He spent two seasons in the Athletics organization, pitching for the Vancouver Canadians (2002), Kane County Cougars (2003) and Midland RockHounds (2003). On June 10, 2003, Bill pitched a no-hitter for the Kane County Cougars.
Murphy began the 2004 season with the Carolina Mudcats, the Marlins Double-A affiliate. In 20 starts with the Mudcats, he was 6-4 with a 4.08 ERA.
On July 30, 2004, Murphy was traded along with Hee-Seop Choi and Brad Penny to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Paul Lo Duca, Juan Encarnacion, and Guillermo Mota. The next day, on July 31, 2004, he was traded once again, this time to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Koyie Hill and Reggie Abercrombie for Steve Finley and Brent Mayne. He finished the season with the Double-A El Paso Diablos.
Murphy spent the whole 2005 season with the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders but performed poorly as he had a 5.65 ERA in 23 games (21 starts). He began the 2006 season back in Double-A with the Tennessee Smokies. He was later promoted back up to Triple-A.
In 2007, Murphy once again began the year in Triple-A. He started nine games in which he went 2–2 with a 4.05 ERA. He was mainly a relief pitcher however as he pitched 45 games out of the bullpen. He went 1–1 with a 3.35 ERA with 1 save out of the bullpen. His good performance earned him a September 1 call-up by the big league club.
He made his Major League debut against the San Diego Padres on September 3, working 1.2 innings in relief and allowing three earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. In 10 games for the Diamondbacks in 2007, he had a 5.68 ERA.
In 2008, during spring training, the Diamondbacks designated Murphy for assignment and placed him on waivers.
Toronto Blue Jays
Murphy did not make the 25-man Toronto 2009 roster out of spring training, and was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. On April 14, 2009, Murphy was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays to replace the injured Jesse Litsch. Murphy made his Toronto debut on April 15 in relief, in a win over the Minnesota Twins. On November 3, 2009 he was designated for assignment to make room for Jarrett Hoffpauir. In 8 games with the Blue Jays, he worked in 11.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA.
Chiba Lotte Marines
On November 15, 2009, it was announced that Murphy would take a tryout for the Japanese team Chiba Lotte Marines. In 2010 Murphy led the Chiba Lotte Marines to the Japan World Series helping the team to win the championship along with being one of the top pitchers starting off the year undefeated 6-0 until his first loss against Yu Darvish. In 2010 Murphy eventually held one of the best records finishing with 12 wins and 6 losses, with a better record than most in Japan including pitchers like Yu Darvish, with a 3.75ERA on the season. He played with the Marines in 2010 and 2011, appearing in 48 games, with 30 starts. In both seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines he finished with a combined 14-11 record and an overall 3.81 ERA. He made history in 2010 by winning 6 consecutive games in Japan without a loss.
Return to the Blue Jays
He returned to the Blue Jays on a minor league contract on January 17, 2012 and was assigned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Murphy spent the entire 2012 season with the Las Vegas 51's with another winning record of 8-5 and an overall 4.38 ERA. Being on of the top pitchers with innings pitched in the PCL that season, Murphy was not granted a September call-up though his performance as starter/reliever is difficult in itself in the Pacific Coast League Triple-A, leaving many second guessing the Major League Affiliated Club of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Long Island Ducks
Murphy played the 2013 season for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, helping lead them to yet another championship. In August 2014, it was announced that Murphy signed with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 2 starts of the 2014 season, Murphy has started 2 games, pitched 10 innings with 0 runs, 0.00 ERA and is 1-0 on the year in the 2014 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
After performing 2 scoreless starts with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League Professional Baseball Team, going 1-0 with 10 scoreless innings, the 7-eleven Lions of Taiwan purchased his contract for the remainder of the 2014 season in hopes of obtaining another championship.
Accolades; One of the top prospects since the beginning of the 2002 Draft until his 2007 MLB debut with the Diamondbacks, Murphy happens to be one of the most underrated Left-Handed pitchers of this era. His dominance and natural raw talent has gone unnoticed within Major League Baseball. Had he had the exposure of Randy Johnson, Roy Holliday and Clayton Kerhsaw in regards to representation, he has been and has yet to be one of the best pitchers out there with immense talent as a left-handed pitcher. One word to describe this ballplayer is under appreciated and under the radar.
Murphy has proven before and has yet to prove to many what his ultimately capability consists of; knowing who he's facing, knowing what to expect and most importantly getting outs which has lead him to seven championship rings.