By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 9, 2010
Southern California High School left-hander Griffin Murphy has a college commitment to the University of San Diego. We’ll see what happens this spring.
Murphy pitched at 84-89 with his fastball over the summer, with a breaking ball at 75-76. He’s an interesting case for a few reasons. One, being left-handed is an obvious long-term advantage. Two, his frame is beneficial for being durable over a long period of time. He is listed at 6-3, 200, entering his draft year at Redlands East Valley in Highland, Calif.
Based on my own experience, I would suspect that the perception Murphy likely created in the summer was that he might not yet have the power to go pro out of high school, and, were he to get to San Diego, would have a chance to become a very good starting pitcher and increase his national visibility. Based on what I saw over the summer, that would be my conclusion. Yes, but here in Southern California, we have the dry climate, which means we can check in on Murphy and see where he’s pitching at this spring. The guy certainly has the body and frame to get more out of his arm than 84-89. The only question is when and under what circumstances. It’s different for every guy, but I wouldn’t be surprised to run into this guy down the road popping 90-92 once he harnesses mechanics and consistency.