The Colorado Rockies have called up catcher Tom Murphy from Triple-A Albuquerque, the team announced. In a corresponding move, the club optioned Mike Tauchman to Triple-A. Murphy has been tearing up Triple-A, hitting .289/.359/.642 in 49 games with the Isotopes. He has also recorded 34 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 45 RBI. Those 16 home runs are the second most in the Pacific Coast League. He will be starting immediately tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Since being called up on June 5, Tauchman has gone 2-for-9 with three runs, one double, one walk, and four strikeouts in six games (one start).
At this point, the Rockies are looking for offense. Murphy will join veteran catchers Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters behind the dish, most likely as an offensive boost for a catching platoon that hasn’t offered much punch. It is curious that the Rockies chose to keep three catchers on the roster. It could mean the team intends to make another move within the next day or so.