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Rockies tab UB catcher Murphy in third round

University at Buffalo baseball coach Ron Torgalski told Bucky Gleason in a column last month that Bulls catcher Tom Murphy figured to be a top-5 pick in MLB's First-Year Player Draft, which would be quite a coup for a UB player.

Turns out Torgalski was dead on. Murphy was taken in the third round today, 105th overall, by the Colorado Rockies.  He's expected to sign and head to a Rockies Rookie-League team in Arizona.

That makes him the top UB choice since 1983, when the Reds drafted UB pitcher Peter Grimm with the 56th pick ahead of two prominent BYU players (the Mets took pitcher Rick Aguilera at No. 58 that year and the Angels got a steal with Wally Joyner at 67).

Here's the video from the centerpiece of Gleason's column: Murphy's Fenway Park home run off LSU's Kevin Gausman in a New England Collegiate League All-Star Game.

And here's a quick video profile of Murphy from 

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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