It seems that in sports, often times, things come full circle. That in fact appears to be exactly the case in the situation regarding former Bradley Braves outfielder, Max Murphy.
Murphy was a standout for Robbinsdale Cooper High School in Minnesota prior to taking his baseball talents to Peoria, Illinois. I’m not sure there’s a trophy case large enough for the amount of awards the former Cooper standout racked up from Bradley in the Missouri Valley Conference. As he continues his baseball career, he will have the opportunity to do so for the hometown Minnesota Twins.
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Having been a fan at more than his fair share of games at Target Field, Max Murphy will be looking forward to making his debut. We caught up with him to find out what his 2014 MLB Draft experience was like after the Twins called his name.
Puckett’s Pond: Being from Minnesota, what was your draft experience like seeing the Twins take you in the 9th round?
Max Murphy: Being selected by the Twins was a great surprise. The possibility of being able to stay in my home state is an amazing feeling.
PP: As a graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper HS, what made Bradley stand out as your baseball destination?
MM: Bradley was a smaller school, which is what I was looking for, and when I went to visit, I enjoyed the campus and facilities. They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Also, I really liked that they were in the Missouri Valley Conference.
PP: Having played through quite a prolific career in the Northwoods League, how do you expect your success at the plate to transition to the wood bat style of professional baseball?
MM: I expect transitioning to a wood bat to be easy. Ever since I first played with wood, I liked it better than metal. Some of my best seasons have come with wood, and I expect that to continue.
PP: Likely having been to Target Field plenty of times, what are some of the emotions knowing that in a matter of years, it could be your home stadium?
MM: Playing at Target field some day would be amazing. Since high school, I’ve always been playing hours away from home. It will be nice to be playing 15 minutes away from my house, and having my friends and family there.
PP: Finally, past or present, who is your favorite major league player and why?
MM: My favorite player has always been Manny Ramirez. No matter what he does, good or bad, he’s always fun to watch when he’s on the field.
As Max Murphy starts his career at the professional level, all eyes will be on the Minnesota prospect rising through the ranks of the Minnesota Twins farm system. Murphy will have plenty of support awaiting him upon his return, and someday imminent, debut at Target Field.