We continue the countdown today at number 91 with Kansas RHP Colton Murray. He is from Overland Park Kansas and attended Olathe East High School where he was a three year letterwinner under John McDonald. As a senior, he went 5-1 with a 1.55 ERA while striking out 50 batters in 31 2/3 innings. He also hit .481 with three home runs during 2008 season. He was named all-state selection in 2007 and 2008 while being named Kansas Pitcher of the Year in 2007.
As a freshman in 2009, Colton appeared in 33 games (all in relief) as he went 2-3 with a 3.23 ERA while holding opponents to a .242 batting average against. He was solid on the hill as he struck out 39 batters in 39 innings. He spent the summer of 2009 in the NECBL with the Pittsfield American Defenders. He made 10 relief appearances going 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings. He struck out 16 batters while only walking three.
In 2010, he appeared in 27 games out of the bullpen for a total of 31.2 innings. He finished the season with a record of 1-2 including four saves with a 4.83 ERA. He had 36 strikeouts, walking 17 batters and holding them to a .331 batting average while righties came in at .274. He spent the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Brewster Whitecaps. He made 18 relief appearances going 1-1 including eight saves with a 0.49 ERA in 19 innings pitched. He struck out 25 batters while holding opponents to a .207 batting average against. He was named to the 2010 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game where he pitched a scoreless inning while giving up one hit and striking out two batters. (TCBB Recap|Live Blog) Keith Law of ESPN.com named him a top 30 prospect in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer. In the article, Law gave a scouting report on him saying “Murray’s a pure reliever who worked at 91 to 93 mph with some life up in the zone and a short slider at 82 to 83 that was extremely sharp.” (Link Subscription Required)
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