Colton Murray

Colton Murray

Colton Murray is a right-handed relief pitcher for the MLB's Philadelphia Phillies Class A affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. Murray signed with the team after being selected in the 13th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.


High school career

Murray attended Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kansas, where he lettered three years in baseball for coach John McDonald. He was a two-time All-State selection in 2007 and 2008, and was named Kansas Pitcher of the Year in 2007. As a senior, he went 5-1 with a 1.55 ERA, striking out 50 hitters in 31 2/3 innings. He also hit .481 with three home runs.

College career

Murray went on to play at the University of Kansas, where as a freshman in 2009 he went 2-3 with an ERA of 3.23, and also striking out 39 batters in 39 innings pitched. In his sophomore year in 2010, he posted a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 4.83 in 27 appearances, recording 36 strikeouts and four saves, also earning Academic All-Big 12 honors.[1] As a junior in 2011, he went 3-4 with an ERA of 3.79 and seven saves in 20 appearances, recording 33 strikeouts.

Amateur career

Murray played for the Pittsfield American Defenders in summer 2009, posting a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 3.27 in 10 appearances, recording 16 strikeouts and only 3 walks as well. In summer 2010, he played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 0.49, also recording 8 saves in 18 appearances. Named a Top 30 Prospect in the league by ESPN's Keith Law.


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