SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Columbia High School (CHS) alum Jimmy Murphy was drafted in the 8th round (pick #248) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft last week.
Murphy was one of three draft picks included in the Baltimore Wire article "The Baltimore Orioles you should know from the 2017 MLB Draft." The article describes Murphy as having one of the best curveballs, and also writes that "Murphy could turn into a great addition to the Orioles pitching staff with experience."
Murphy, who is from South Orange, went on to pitch at Fordham University, where he served as team co-captain, was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week twice, and was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2017, according to the Fordham website. Murphy missed almost all of the 2014 season due to an injury.
When he graduated this spring, Murphy was in Fordham's career record book several times. According to the Fordham website, "Murphy ended his career seventh in career appearances (71), 11th in games started (32), 11th in innings pitched (245.0), and 11th in strikeouts (191)."
When at CHS, Murphy was named team MVP and the Essex County Player of the Year.
"Murphy was the best high school pitcher I ever saw outside of Rick Porcello. One of the toughest kids, both physically and mentally I ever coached," said Larry Busichio, Director of Athletics & Student Activities at CHS.
Busichio also praised Murphy for being a great team-player and for his work ethic. "He was the perfect example of a team player, never getting down on any teammate and a hard worker. He deserves this more than almost any player I've ever coached."