Former Oregon State pitcher/outfielder Kai Murphy is transferring back home to Arizona State.
A Mesa, AZ native who hit .370 in his senior season at Red Mountain High School, the Murphy name also rings a bell for many longtime Sun Devil baseball fans, as Murphy is the son of longtime former ASU coach Pat Murphy.
Of course, the former Sun Devil skipper led the program for 14 seasons and took ASU to Omaha five times, and is now the bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Now his son will don the maroon and gold in Tempe.
A left-handed arm, Murphy appeared in four games with a 6.23 ERA out of the bullpen this past season for Oregon State. His appearances and at-bats were sparse as a freshman, but he could find a better opportunity with an ASU program that lost five players to the MLB Draft.
right where I was always meant to be...feels good to be a Sun Devil again. Tempe let’s rock ! #ForksUp @ASU_Baseball pic.twitter.com/sEZjdgAeGl— kai (@kaijmurphy) June 25, 2020
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 college baseball season, Murphy will get his freshman year of eligibility back and if he is granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA, he could play for the 2021 season.
During his time at Red Mountain in 2019, the southpaw was 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA in 50 innings. He was also named a 6A All-State First Team Selection and was rated the No. 12 prospect in Arizona by Baseball Prep Report.
Now back in the Grand Canyon State, Murphy will look to take advantage of his opportunity with the pitchfork back on his uniform.