Traded twice in as many days, and for the third time in his
career (he was drafted by the As in 2002, and traded to the Marlins late
in 03) Murphy can take heart in the knowledge that the Diamondbacks have
no intentions of letting this keeper go.
This brings us right back to the original question. Where is Billy Murphy?
Im rehabbing. Murphy said, I
tore my hamstring near the beginning of camp and just had to shut it
For Murphy its been a frustrating time, but it has
certainly given him the opportunity work toward one of his biggest offseason
goals. Theres not a
lot I can do right now, just rehab and try to get healthy. One of the things I really wanted to do
was work on keeping my composure, and this is certainly one way, Murphy
said from Arizona
Im trying to cut down on my walks, and one
thing that will help that is if I dont get so worked up.
Murphy is a strikeout pitcher, K-ing 137 batters in just
over 134 innings last year in Double-A, but he walked 76 batters and knows that
is the biggest thing preventing him from moving up.
I just want to cut down on my walks and finish
Finishing strong was exactly what Murphy was working on in
early March when the hamstring gave.
We were doing conditioning drills, wind sprints, and
the hamstring just popped, its a 40% tear, so it could have been worse,
but its kept me out about a month.
Murphy made his first start in extended spring training last
Monday and says the leg is feeling much better.
Ive been driving the rehab coordinator crazy
because my legs have actually felt pretty good for the past couple of
weeks. Right now were just
trying to get my pitch count up, get the arm good and stretched out.
As far as where he will go once he gets out of extended
Murphy says he doesnt know, and doesnt care.
It doesnt matter where they put me,
itll depend a lot on where theres room for me, but where ever
they put me Ive still got to make pitches and get hitters out. Youve got to pitch well no matter
where you are.
With the combination of injuries and high scoring games the
Double-A Tennessee Smokies have gone through its a fair bet that Murphy
will end up back in Double-A, where he finished 2004. Despite the disappointment of shutting
it down early Murphy still enjoyed his first big league Spring Training
I had a lot of fun, I met a lot of guys, and I really
felt like I got to measure myself against some of the guys ahead of me,
Murphy says. In particular he
watched two of the young lefties the Diamondbacks have ahead of him in the
system, Michael Gosling
and Brad Halsey
Both those guys are good pitchers. That was the thing that I really took
out of the spring, these guys throw strikes, get ahead of hitters, and it makes
them a lot more successful. Me and
Gossy are basically the same pitcher.
Neither one of us is going to overpower hitters, we have to throw
strikes, keep the ball down, and throw a lot of ground balls and double play
balls. Just make quality
In an effort to move him up Murphy has been working on a cut
I had a really good offseason. I was working with Mike Fetters
couple other coaches and really trying to develop a cutter, it just seems like
every good left hander throws a good change and good cutter, so I figured I
If Murphys hamstring holds up he will get shipped
somewhere sooner than later, and if he adds that cutter to an already potent
repertoire that includes the best curveball in the Diamondbacks minor league
system he might want to go ahead and keep his bags packed because he could be
on the move in a hurry.
After being part of three organizations in four days last summer it seemed odd to look at the 2005 rosters and not find Bill Murphy on any of them. Murphy was a top left handed pitching prospect in the Marlins organization, and moving up the minor league food chain in a hurry when the Marlins moved him to the Dodgers. He was in LA for two days before he became a Diamondback, being sent to the desert along with Reggie Abercrombie in the deal that moved Steve Finley to LA.