Patrick Murphy and Cody Bellinger couldn’t be going farther apart from each other. The two Chandler Hamilton baseball standouts were taken in the third and fourth rounds of the Major League Baseball draft on Friday, and after playing together for much of their lives will have to split up.
Murphy, taken 83rd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays, will be headed east. Bellinger, selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 124, will go west. Even spring training will keep them apart, as the Dodgers are based in the Valley while the Blue Jays are in Florida.
Goodbyes will come later, though. Friday was all about congratulations.
“We actually just got off the phone,” Bellinger said. “We’re both pretty excited.”
Murphy, who was on the shelf all season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, didn’t expect to go so early. Baseball America didn’t list the 6-4 pitcher among its 500 top draft prospects.
Murphy knew the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies were interested — he worked out for Toronto two weeks ago, and flew to Philadelphia for a workout last week — but was thinking he’d go somewhere between rounds 6 and 10.
When his adviser called to inform him of his selection, he was incredulous.
“I was shocked,” Murphy said. “I thought he was joking with me.”
Bellinger thought he had a chance to slide into the back end of the second round on Thursday, but got a heads-up about being taken in the fourth about 20 minutes before his name was called. He wasn’t watching the pick-by-pick announcements on mlb.com, though.
“(Just) walking around my house 409 times,” Bellinger said.
Murphy said he and Toronto had yet to talk money, but Bellinger already knows he’s going to sign with the Dodgers. Both Hamilton grads had committed to play collegiately at Oregon.
Bellinger, a first baseman, worked out for the Dodgers on June 2, said the club has been pretty consistent with its interest.
“They’ve always liked me,” he said.
While Bellinger and Murphy will be leaving home for distant lands, fellow Chandler product Jamie Westbrook will be staying put. The Chandler Basha standout was taken in the fifth round (150th overall) by the Diamondbacks and said he plans to sign instead of playing collegiately at Pepperdine.
Westbrook didn’t talk specifics on money, but said the Diamondbacks offered him third-round slot money despite being taken in the fifth.
“I screamed, I yelled into the street, I was running, I was crying,” Westbrook said.
MLB draftees from Arizona high schools or colleges:
98 (third) – Stephen Tarpley – Orioles – LHP – South Mountain CC – Gilbert
140 (fifth) – Aaron Slegers – Twins – RHP – Indiana – Scottsdale Notre Dame
162 (fifth) – Daniel Slania – Giants – RHP – Notre Dame – Tucson Salpointe Catholic
163 (fifth) – Mikey Reynolds – Braves – SS – Texas A&M – Glendale Mountain Ridge
186 (sixth) – Calvin Drummond – Tigers – RHP – Arizona Christian – Huntington Beach (Calif.)
243 (eighth) – Chris Freudenberg – White Sox – LHP – South Mountain CC – Scottsdale Saguaro
274 (ninth) – Henry Yates – Dodgers – LF – Texas Wesleyan – Phoenix Arcadia
280 (ninth) – Jose Samayoa – Rangers – RHP – Lee University (Tenn.) – Tucson Catalina