NJ RIGHTY JIMMY MURPHY OFF TO STRONG START IN MINORS

By Bob Behre

It’s a small sample but an impressive one nonetheless.

Righthander Jimmy Murphy, a Columbia High and Fordham University grad, has opened his professional career at 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA over 25 innings at two levels in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Baltimore drafted Murphy in the 8th round of the MLB Draft in June and quickly sent him to Florida to play for the organization’s rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. The hard-throwing righty started and threw two scoreless innings in his professional debut and was immediate bumped up to the Orioles’ New York-Penn League (Low-A) affiliate in Aberdeen, Maryland.

The 5-11, 195-pound Murphy has pitched well at Aberdeen, too, working both as a starter and in the bullpen. He is 2-2 with Aberdeen while posting a 1.96 ERA over 23 innings. He’s struck out 14 and walked six.

It’s easy to root for the 248th overall draft pick, who has had to grind through injuries that derailed part of his college career at Fordham. He missed more than a month of his freshman season in 2013 then was lost almost all of his sophomore season in 2014 with a torn hamstring. The South Orange, N.J. native battled back to earn team captain status his final two seasons at Fordham, the latter of which was as a grad student.

He capped his collegiate career by starting 13 games as a fifth-year senior and posting a deceiving 6-7 record coupled with a 2.59 ERA. He boasted a fastball clocked in the low-to-mid 90s as he permitted just 76 hits in 93.2 innings, recorded three complete games. His performance earned him All-Atlantic 10 Conference.