Oakland A's prospect Sean Murphy passed away unexpectedly in Arizona on Monday at the age of 27, the team announced Tuesday. Murphy, a 2010 33rd-round pick of the A's, spent six seasons pitching in the A's organization. He pitched at every level of the A's minor league system, with the exception of short-season.
Murphy was a native of Philadelphia and he attended Keystone College before joining the A's in the 2010 draft. He was one of the A's steadiest minor league pitchers in 2012 and 2013, throwing more than 150 innings in each of those seasons. Murphy reached Triple-A in 2014, making seven starts for the Sacramento River Cats. He injured his elbow that season and he missed all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The 6'6'' right-hander was a popular teammate and well regarded for his coachability and willingness to take on new challenges.
Below is a small sampling of the outpouring of grief from his friends and teammates:
The entire OaklandClubhouse staff extends its deepest sympathies to Murphy's friends and family.