Thomas James Murphy was signed by Rockies scout Ed Santa … resides in Constantia, N.Y. … in his junior season at University of Buffalo, hit .311 (68-for-219) with 20 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 56 games … the 13 home runs set the school's single-season home run record … first Buffalo player to be named Mid-American Conference All-Conference twice … left Buffalo after his junior year as its career leader in slugging percentage (.588) … on the career record lists, Murphy ranked second in home runs, third in doubles, fourth in total bases, and fifth RBI … named to the 2011 USA Collegiate National Team … the 2011 MAC Player of the Year … was rated the 65th-best player in the draft by Baseball America, as well as the top player from the state of New York.
Was a September call-up for the Rockies for the second consecutive year after spending the entire season with Triple-A Albuquerque...Was recalled from Triple-A Sept. 2 and recorded a single in a pinch-hit at-bat that night...In 21 games, posted a .659 slugging percentage, the second-highest in the National League in Sept./Oct. (min. 40 at-bats)...In nine starts at catcher, hit .235 (8-for-34) with one double, four home runs, 11 RBI, two walks and 16 strikeouts...Hit two home runs and had a career-high five RBI Sept. 17 vs. San Diego, his first career multi-home run game … was behind the plate for Jon Gray's 16-strikeout complete-game shutout...Had a hit in each of his first four games with an at-bat and reached base in each of his first five games...His 482-foot home run on Sept. 4 was the fifth-longest in MLB in 2016 according to Statcast, the second-longest of the season for the Rockies (Mark Reynolds, 484')...In 80 games for Triple-A Albuquerque, batted .327 (99-for-303) with 53 runs, 26 doubles, seven triples, 19 home runs, 59 RBI, 16 walks and 78 strikeouts … in 33 games after the Triple-A All-Star break, batted .400 (54-for- 135) with 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 27 RBI...Was named MiLB.com Organization All-Star and a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star
Played in 11 games for the Rockies, making 10 starts, in his first year reaching the big leagues. Reached the big leagues in September after playing 72 games at Double-A New Britain and 33 for Triple-A Albuquerque. Went 9-for-35 (.257), scoring nine runs with one double, three home runs and nine RBI for the Rockies. Made his Major League debut Sept. 12 at Seattle, going 0-for-3 with a run. Notched his first Major League hit, RBI and homer in his fourth game, going 3-for-5 vs. San Diego Sept. 19 in a 10-2 win … singled to left field in the first inning, driving in Carlos Gonzalez, off left-hander Robbie Erlin … cracked his first Major League home run in the fifth inning, a solo shot off right-hander Marcus Mateo … caught Yohan Flande, Christian Bergman, Gonzalez Germen, Simon Castro and Jason Gurka. Hit a home run in three consecutive games (Sept. 19-23), driving in a combined eight runs. Joined Nolan Arenado (twice) and Carlos Gonzalez (twice) as the only Rockies to hit a home run in three or more consecutive games in '15. Had three RBI Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 vs. Pittsburgh. Suffered a shoulder injury Oct. 3, forcing him to miss the Arizona Fall League season. Named a Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star at Double-A New Britain, where he hit .249 (66-for-265) with 17 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 72 games. Hit safely in eight of his first 10 games, including three homers and seven RBI. Had four hits, including two home runs, and six RBI on May 5. Hit .271 (35-for-129) with nine doubles, two triples and seven home runs over 33 games for Triple-A Albuquerque. Hit safely in six of his first seven games at Triple-A from July 23-31 … had a combined seven hits in 13 at-bats vs. El Paso in three games.
Split the season between Single-A Asheville and Double-A Tulsa hitting a combined .289 (103-for-357) with 31 doubles, 2 triples, 22 home runs and 83 RBI in 100 games...Began the season with Asheville before being promoted to Tulsa on 8/6 to finish the season...Hit .290 (20-for-69) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 20 games for Double-A Tulsa after jumping up two levels...Was selected as the top catcher of the South Atlantic League following the season, was also named a Topps Class A All-Star...Earned SAL Player of the Week honors on three separate occasions and was a SAL Mid-Season All-Star...Baseball America rated him as the 7th-best prospect in the organization, as well as the top catching prospect.