Hudson Valley Sports Report


Right-Hander, Now At LeMoyne, Taken In 5th Round With 144th Overall Pick

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Like any prospect, Ryan Murphy heard all the talk and read all the stories leading up to Thursday’s 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.

The former Roy C. Ketcham High School and current LeMoyne College star pitcher certainly had an inkling his name could be called on national television but, well, he didn’t want to jinx it.

“I don’t know if I really expected it,” the Wappingers Falls resident said. “I want to say in the back of my mind I always had hope, but deep down I also wanted to be realistic. Then it happened.”

Then it happened.

Murphy heard his own name called on Thursday night when the San Francisco Giants selected him in the fifth round of the Draft with the 144th pick overall.

“I wasn’t even called,” he said, expecting his cell to ring with some sort of notification if he was going to be imminently selected. Instead, “it was announced on TV and I just went numb when I heard it.”


Murphy had been on a skyrocketing path ever since he dominated the Hudson Valley in 2017 in his senior year at RCK, earning Dutchess County Coaches Association Large Schools Pitcher of the Year honors after striking out 74 batters in 58 innings and pitching to a miniscule 0.46 earned run average.

At Division II LeMoyne, he went 16-9 overall with a 3.40 ERA over two seasons, including a no-hitter as a freshman in 2018 against New Haven.

Right now, he has no clue what’s next. With the coronavirus pandemic having wiped out his junior year at LeMoyne, and with Major and Minor League Baseball still in flux over when and if the sport will return, Murphy is awaiting further instruction.

“I have a call (Wednesday) to pretty much clarify everything,” he said.

Murphy joins a long, distinguished list of players from the Hudson Valley who were drafted into professional baseball. Most recently, Beacon’s Lenny Torres was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2018 and fellow pitcher Mike Pascoe of Arlington was taken in the same draft. John Jay graduate Joe Panik was drafted by the Giants in 2011 and was starting at second base three years later in the World Series.

Hyde Park’s Rick Horton was also drafted by the Giants in 1977 before deciding on college. He was drafted again in 1980 in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and had a successful Major League pitching career that included three World Series — in 1985 and 1987 with the Cardinals, and in 1988 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The bevy of standouts from the area taken in the Draft over the years also include pitcher Joe Ausanio, who made it to the bigs with the New York Yankees; pitcher Rob Bell and outfielder Dermal Brown both of Marlboro, who were taken in the third and first rounds in 1995 and ’96 by the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals, respectively, and both made it to the majors; Roosevelt pitching teammates Frank Cimorelli (taken by St. Louis in 1989) and Jeff Pierce (signed as a free agent the same year by the White Sox); as well as several others.

Murphy said he was proud to join that list.

“I’m so excited to go to play for the San Francisco organization,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”




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