Release: July 20, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Former Binghamton all-star pitcher Murphy Smith has quickly jumped up two levels in the Oakland Athletics minor league system this summer. Smith began his professional career with the A's Rookie League team in Phoenix, transitioned to the team's short season Class A team in Vancouver and now has been promoted to its Class A team, Kane County, in Geneva, Ill.
Smith made his debut for Kane County on Sunday, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings before being forced to exit after being hit on the arm by a line drive in the third. He pitched a 1-2-3 first inning and struck out three for the Cougars, who went on to defeat West Michigan 7-4 in a Midwest League game. Smith allowed a second-inning leadoff double but stranded the runner with two groundouts and a strikeout.
He has a 2.84 ERA in five professional appearances with the three Athletics' affiliates. Smith has 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings of work.
The rest of the Oakland Athletics minor league teams include High Class A Stockton (Calif.), Double-A Midland (Texas) and Triple-A Sacramento.
Smith was the America East Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after leading the America East in wins (7), strikeouts (84) and ERA (3.12). He went 7-3 and had 84 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 89.1 innings. His strikeout total was the second-most in program history and he tied the season high for wins. Smith ranked 27th in the country in fewest walks allowed per game (1.41) and was 59th in ERA. He also was named ECAC Pitcher of the Year and first team ABCA All-Northeast Region. In three collegiate seasons, Smith compiled 13 wins and a 3.89 career ERA in 44 appearances.
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