Sept. 22, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - Left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy, who starred on the mound and in center field the past three seasons at UCLA, has been ranked the No. 8 prospect in the Northwest League (short-season, single-A) by Baseball America.
Murphy went 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA and two saves in 13 appearances (one start) for the Spokane Indians, the Texas Rangers' short-season affiliate, before earning a midseason promotion to pitch for the Clinton LumberKings (low-A). The former Bruin ace was 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts for Clinton.
In 16 games (four starts), Murphy compiled a 4-1 record and a 2.83 ERA, totaling 51 strikeouts and 18 walks between both minor league teams. The left-hander limited the opposition to a .173 batting average.
Murphy helped lead UCLA to three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances from 2006-08, marking the first time in school history that the Bruin baseball program accomplished that feat. A talented two-way prospect at Rancho Buena Vista High School, Murphy established himself as one of the premier pitchers in the Pac-10 Conference in 2007 before taking over as UCLA's staff ace in 2008.
As a sophomore in 2007, Murphy logged a 5-4 record and 5.68 ERA, recording 96 strikeouts and 33 walks in 76.0 innings. The Vista, Calif., resident hurled a complete game in UCLA's 7-4 win over Long Beach State in the Long Beach Regional Final on June 3, 2007, sending the Bruins to their first NCAA Super Regional since 2000.
As a junior in 2008, Murphy posted a 5-6 record and 3.34 ERA. The left-hander led all Pac-10 pitchers with 111 strikeouts in a team-high 102.1 innings. Murphy helped lead the Bruins past Virginia, 3-2, in UCLA's opening contest at the 2008 Fullerton Regional (May 30).
Murphy was selected in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers (89th overall selection).