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College | Story | 5/16/2019

College Notes: May 16

Steve Fiorindo         Matt Arvin        
Photo: Chris Murphy (University of San Diego Athletics)

Contributing: J.A. Cordts

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Players covered: Chris Murphy (San Diego), Adam Kerner (San Diego), James Free II (Pacific), Drew Millas (Missouri State), Hayden Juenger (Missouri State), Dakota Kotowski (Missouri State), Luke Ritter (Wichita State).

Chris Murphy, San Diego
There’s really not much question about the size and stuff profile of Murphy, who has an athletic 6-foot-1, 175-pound build and works his fastball in the 90-93 mph range while dropping in a low-70s curveball. He has thrown a slider in the past, which may have been his better breaking ball, but he didn’t show it in this outing, a four-inning stint in a 12-3 win over Pacific. Relative to his fastball Murphy’s 71-72 mph curveball seems a little slow. He has worked to develop his 78-80 mph changeup that has some fade to it, a promising offering that gives him potentially 3-4 pitches he can work with moving forward.

Murphy does have somewhat of a history of command issues with his career low BB/9 innings coming last year at 4.09 (it is 5.82 this year). He struck out five in four innings against Pacific but he also walked four. Mechanically he works from the third base side of the rubber with an average leg kick leading into a direct stride towards home plate. With a full arm circle in back, his arm works well. There’s a little extra kick in his drive towards the plate, moving a little outward before continuing directly towards the plate. Simplifying this kick to just the direct stride could result in improved command at the next level as his size, athleticism and stuff, along with the fact that he’s lefthanded, all give him value in this year’s draft.

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