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Blue Jays take righty Murphy in third round

Blue Jays take righty Murphy in third round

Blue Jays take righty Murphy in third round

The Blue Jays used their third-round pick, 83rd overall, on right-handed pitcher Patrick Murphy out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz.

Murphy is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery performed last year.

The 17-year-old prospect was one of the top-ranked players in the state of Arizona in 2012 before being sidelined with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in late April.

It's been nearly a year since Murphy opted for surgery on his UCL, after attempting two months of rest, and he began throwing again in late March.

With the pick, Murphy becomes the third straight tall high school pitcher that Toronto has drafted, something that has recently been the modus operandi for the club.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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