MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2014
Dolphin Trio Reunited In Professional Ranks
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Reunited and it feels so good. A trio of former Dolphins that helped lead Jacksonville to a NCAA Regional appearance in 2011 have teamed up once again. Matt Tomshaw (2008-11), John Murphy (2009-12) and Adam Brett Walker II (2010-12), were all named to the opening day roster for the Fort Myers Miracle, a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
Tomshaw was honored for his exceptional academic performance while will the Dolphins earning a spot on the Dean’s List and as an A-Sun All-Academic Honors recipient. A finance major, he saw most of his 2013 season as a starter with the Miracle. Between Fort Myers and Cedar Rapids, he only pitched eight of 26 games in relief. In four games this season he has made one appearance allowing two hits and one run in 2.1 innings.
In his junior year as a Dolphin, Murphy was one of only three players to appear in all 61 games of the collegiate season and earned A-Sun All-Academic Honors. After being sent to Cedar Rapids in 2013, Murphy put up solid numbers hitting .272 with 22 RBIs and seven stolen bases. He made his first start of the season on Sunday for the Miracle going 1-for-3.
Walker is high on the Twins MLB prospect ratings at 14th and rounds out the list of Jacksonville University prodigies and A-Sun All-Academic honors recipients. The 6-4, 225-pound right fielder led the Midwest League in home runs (27), RBI (109) and total bases (267) in 129 games with Cedar Rapids in 2013. Walker was the first minor league player to reach 100 RBI last year. Selected in the third round of the 2012 draft. Back on March 29 he hit a home run for the Twins in the MLB club’s Grapefruit league finale. He has four hits in four games already this season, including a three-run home run last Friday.
Off to a 3-1 start behind the Dolphin trio, the Miracle play in the Florida State League South division. Their closest stop to the Jacksonville area will be at Daytona July 16-19.