The Colorado Rockies will send five prospects, including No. 11 PuRP Tommy Murphy, to the Arizona Fall League next month, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.
Murphy headlines a group that also includes fellow PuRPs Jordan Patterson, Sam Moll and Carlos Estevez. Matt Carasiti rounds out Colorado's announced participants in the AFL, which begins play on Oct. 13. The Rockies prospects will suit up for the Salt River Rafters, which also includes players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals organizations.
No. 2 PuRP David Dahl was rumored to be headed to Arizona, as well, but his name wasn't included in the initial group. Recently shelved for the remainder of the regular season with a minor injury unrelated to his midseason splenectomy, Dahl finished his 2015 Double-A campaign a .278/.304/.417 hitter with 25 extra-base hits and 22 stolen bases. The 21-year-old outfielder was rated as the No. 22 overall prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the season.
Dahl still could wind up being a taxi squad player, as could one other representative from the Rockies organization. It's common for each club to send seven players to the six-team league. It's expected that Colorado will add another pitcher and an outfielder in the coming weeks.
Murphy (PuRP No. 11) started 2015 at Double-A New Britain before a midseason promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque. There, the 24-year-old catcher owns a .283/.315/.604 line with 18 extra-base hits, including seven homers, in just 111 plate appearances. Murphy, who missed most of 2014 with a shoulder injury, has 20 combined homers between his two minor league stops this season.
Patterson (PuRP No. 16) has enjoyed a breakout year at High-A Modesto and Double-A, hitting a combined .295/.364/.551 with 17 homers, 42 doubles, 12 triples and 17 steals. The 23-year-old outfielder owns a career .859 OPS at mostly age-appropriate levels in parts of three minor league seasons. Patterson is listed on the Rafters' roster as an infielder, meaning he'll likely get a large chunk of reps at first base.
Estevez (Honorable Mention PuRP), also received a midseason promotion and has made the most of it. The 22-year-old right-hander owns a rather unsightly 5.06 ERA in Double-A, but his peripherals - 11.0 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 - are in line with what he posted at Modesto, where he finished with a 1.37 ERA in 14 appearances. Estevez, a full-time reliever since beginning his stateside career, has the ability to hit triple digits with his fastball but displays above-average command for a pitcher with his kind of power.
Moll (Honorable Mention PuRP), like Patterson and Estevez, started the year at Modesto and is now at New Britain, where he owns a 1.42 ERA with 9.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 11 appearances. Moll was equally dominant in High-A, striking out 57 batters while walking just 12 in 53⅔ innings. The 23-year-old left-hander has finally come into his own this season after dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness in 2014. Moll was a third-round pick in 2013.
Carasiti is the only player of the group largely considered a non-prospect at this point in his minor league career, even though he's displayed some solid results since being converted to a reliever prior to last season. The 24-year-old right-hander owns a 3.07 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in High-A. Those numbers are right in line with what he posted the year before in Asheville as a valuable long reliever. Carasiti has mostly served as a closer this year, racking up 21 saves for the Nuts.