Tommy Murphy (baseball)
|Born:August 27, 1979|
|May 4, 2006, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 2007, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
|Runs batted in||8|
Murphy was a 1997 graduate of Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida. He is also an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University, where he played baseball for the Owls under head coach Kevin Cooney.
Murphy was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 50th round (1427th overall) of the 1997 Major League Baseball draft. He did not sign with them however. He was drafted again in 2000, this time by the Anaheim Angels in the 3rd round as the 80th overall pick. He spent the next five seasons in the Angels' farm system, making his way through the minor leagues until the 2006 season.
Murphy made his Major League Baseball debut with the Angels on May 4, 2006, against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. In his debut, Murphy went 2 for 4 with one RBI and scored one run. On May 27, 2006, he hit his first home run, a solo shot versus the Baltimore Orioles off pitcher Adam Loewen.
On November 27, 2007, Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. Murphy was assigned to the minor leagues and opted out of his contract on July 2, 2008, and signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins, being assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals, who he played for in 2009.