Toronto’s third-rounder in 2013, Murphy dealt with injuries early in his pro career. He had T.J. surgery his senior year of high school, then thoracic outlet syndrome in 2014, and ultimately had a nerve removed in his elbow in 2015. Even so, the righty has logged 197 innings since the injury issues, and hopefully has put those issues behind him.
Built with a workhorse frame, Murphy pitches from a high 3/4’s slot with a long arm circle coming out of the glove. He extends well, allowing consistent downhill angle on the fastball. He worked 94-to-95 mph and touched a handful of 96s when I saw him on the backfields this March, featuring heavy life that hitters struggled to lift. A hard curveball at 80-to-82 mph fooled both lefties and righties, and he’s able to surprise hitters throwing the pitch in traditional fastball counts for a freeze strike. He overthrows a high-80s changeup, though he only threw a handful of them through the outing. Murphy’s imposing frame and two quality pitches could profile in leverage spots from the bullpen. He’s an intriguing under-the-radar prospect to watch in the Blue Jays’ system this season.