AZDR Prospect Snapshot: 2019 Liberty RHP Chandler Murphy
As the 2019 season begins to appear on the horizon, I’m looking forward to seeing what Liberty High’s Chandler Murphy has up his sleeve for his senior year.
Chandler has been a fixture at Liberty since his freshman year in 2016. He threw 29 innings that season with 24 Ks and an ERA of 3.78. These innings weren’t compiled against the Little Sister of the Poor either. Chandler faced off that year against Mountain Ridge, Sunrise Mountain, O’Connor, Pinnacle and Brophy among others.
Chandler really came into his own in his sophomore year, when he tossed 47 innings with a 1.77 ERA and punched out 61 hitters.
Last season was a magical one for Coach Chris Raymond and the entire Liberty program. With Chandler leading the way on the mound, the Lions captured the Arizona 5A title. Chandler tossed 58 innings and fanned 86 batters with an ERA of 2.03.
Chandler appeared in all 4 state tournament games for the Lions last spring, working 19 innings with 23 Ks against Cienega, Queen Creek, Mesquite and Verrado. He earned the win in 3 of those games, including the title game against Verrado where he tossed 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Chandler is a 6-3 195 pound right hander who will typically work in the hi 80s to low 90s with the fastball out of a hi ¾ arm slot. His secondary stuff is solid. He features a 2 plane slider shaped breaker in the 77-78 range and a changeup in the low 80s that has good fading, sinking action.
Chandler has been a fixture at a myriad national level events over the last few years, including the Perfect Game National Showcase where he was named to the Top Prospect Team. He also appeared in the 17U National Championship in Georgia, the PG 17U World Series and the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Florida. He was named to the All Tournament team in each event.
He was also a member the 2018 Reds Area Code Team .
A solid student with a 3.4 GPA, Chandler has signed with the University of Arizona, and will get some serious looks from MLB scouts this spring.
20 Questions With Chandler Murphy
All time favorite Major Leaguer? Nolan Ryan
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Max Scherzer
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? My Brother Kyler Murphy because I always practiced with him and he taught me the game of baseball.
One word to describe your style of play? Focused
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? I can juggle
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban
Favorite Movie? The Green Mile
On my secluded island, strand me with… Jenny Finch
In 10 years I hope to be… I hope to be an all star in 10 years
Refreshing beverage of choice? Sprite
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table: Nolan Ryan, Jackie Robinson, Mariana Rivera
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Pollo Fondido
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? Kevin Costner
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
In my spare time, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to…. Fish, hunt, hangout with friends and family
Best player I’ve played against? Nolan Gorman
Best teammate I’ve had? Jonathan Ornelas
Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Favorite TV shows? Breaking bad
Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field: I tripped on the mound when I was striding and spiked the ball in front of me