IP 17
ERA 4.235
WHIP 1.647
BB/9 7.941
SO/9 4.235
  • Full name William R.W. Murphy
  • Born 05/09/1981 in Anaheim, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Cal State Northridge
  • Debut 09/03/2007
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (98th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2002 (signed for $410,000).
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    The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Murphy reminds area scouts of Pepperdine lefties Randy Wolf (Phillies '97, second round) and Noah Lowry (Giants '01, first round). He's not physical and survives as much on character as raw stuff. Few pitchers compete harder. A two-pitch pitcher prior to this season, Murphy added a changeup and improved his control, though he still dances in and out of trouble and has high pitch counts. In his first 99 innings this season, he walked 59. But he also struck out 122 and his nine-inning average of 11.1 strikeouts was one of the best ratios in the country. His fastball ranges between 88-91 mph and has touched 92 when he has been used in one-inning relief stints. Murphy projected as high as the late first round in April, but a succession of ordinary starts in May might have knocked down a round or two.

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