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Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: TOM MURPHY COLORADO ROCKIES CATCHER

When you are a young or emerging hitter in the Colorado Rockies organization, you pretty much automatically have a sleeper tag attached to your name given the dimension and thin air of Coors Field making it one of the best power parks in the game.  And then when you are a catcher (now hands-down the most shallow position in fantasy baseball), the hype goes up even more.  This brings up to Tom Murphy who is in line to grab hold of the starting catcher job for the Rockies entering into 2017 as he opened some eyes hitting .273 with 5 home run in just 44 at-bats for the team in a cup of coffee run with the club last season and for the fact they cleared the decks for him to take hold of the position.  Now Murphy is not a well-known name in fantasy baseball circles just yet and that is because he is a bit of a late bloomer who took a few years in the minors to find his footing.  Already 26, Murphy really took at Triple-A last season when he batted a scorching .327 with 19 home runs in just 321 at-bats.  Throw in the fact Murphy did not struggle when the Rockies brought him up after that nice minor league performance and one can see why there is some intrigue here.  Toss in the extreme position scarcity and thin air of Coors Field and we may have something here in terms of Murphy being a potentially impactful fantasy baseball sleeper candidate.  Now of course there are no guarantees here as Murphy has to hit enough in spring training and show he can handle the pitching staff.  However with catching as big of a mess as ever, Murphy should be drafted in all leagues as an upside backup option.


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