Murray Hopley had been dreaming of the day he could begin his professional career since the Padres signed him on July 2, 2004. Two years after that date he had yet to play a game in the system. On August 5, 2006 he finally got his chance to line up at second base as the starter.
He drew four walks that day and added an RBI, the much anticipated debut of the infielder a success. Hopley underwent Tommy John surgery before his career began and was in Peoria last year, lining up as the first base coach and even taking grounders to stay sharp. During the off-season he thought he was healed and tried to come play some winter ball, re-injuring himself and prolonging his Padres' debut.
While he is available to play, he hasn't seen a ton of time on the field with Rayner Contreras raking. Hopley has been on base in eight of his 20 plate appearances on the year over ten games and is only 18.
We caught up with Murray recently, days before he notched his first professional hit: