This is all sensible stuff and the best the Mets could do under the circumstances.
This is all sensible stuff and the best the Mets could do under the circumstances.
Daniel Murphy, despite going hitless in his first two games had three doubles in his third, which was enough to earn Aguilas's team Player of the Week, says Adam Rubin.
You can follow all of the Mets playing in winter-ball here at MLB.com's aggregate page.? They've had this feature for a few years on their proprietary site, but I hadn't seen it publicly available before.? So good job MLB.com.
With Ike Davis now clearly a main stay at first, the organization wants Murphy to begin playing multiple positions and get regular at bats in hopes of improving his trade value according to the report.
This is definitely the right move by the team and an?unfortunate set of events for Murphy. The organization is clearly still high on him offensively, but a future for him in New York doesn't look promising, with the left field experiment having failed and Ike now a staple at first, the only potential long term option would be second base or utility guy.
According to Matthew Cerrone over at MetsBlog, he?"looks very fluid in the field at first base, he doesn't seem antsy and appears confident in his movements, especially on short hops."
it's amazing when you think about where Ike has come in the last year in terms of perception... entering last season he was coming off a rough pro debut in which he went?homerless?in 215 at-bats in Brooklyn... since then he's displayed the raw power everyone knew he had (20 homers bet. the FSL and AA) and absolutely raked in the Arizona Fall League (.341 AVG)... even if he tears up the Grapefruit League I still can't envision a scenario in which he'll break camp with the Mets... he'll benefit most in the short-term from playing everyday in?Buffalo...
It seems likely, that as he did on Sunday, Fernando Tatis will get the bulk of the playing time at? 3B in Wright's absence.? Green, who was hitting .270/.333/.410 with AAA Buffalo, while playing at second and third, and even a few innings in RF, will serve as the backup infielder.
What about Daniel Murphy?? And what about Nick Evans? And Shawn Bowman?
The Mets Daniel Murphy underwent an MRI this morning at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery and the test revealed that he has a Grade 2 Strain of the right hamstring. Murphy felt discomfort in the leg in pre-game batting practice of his Nov. 11th Arizona Fall League game. He will skip winter league ball in Puerto Rico so that he can be ready for the opening of Spring Training this February in Port St. Lucie, FL.- Bummer for Murphy that he's injured.? On the other hand, I'm not sure it's the worst thing in the world for him now to take some time off to heal this injury and rest his whole body as long as he is indeed, totally healthy for spring training.
- Both Matt and I, and other around the web, posted Wednesday about Murphy experiencing discomfort in his right knee.? In a totally unrelated development, right before labor day, I experienced a searing pain in my right knee.? The orthopedist diagnosed some problems with the meniscus, but the MRI came back totally negative (that is, no structural damage).? The physical therapists also identified inflammation in my hamstring, in the hamstring tendon near the joint line, and at the insertion at the pes anserine.? Thus, the treatment has been largely directed at increasing strength and flexibility in the related muscles.
My point: the hamstring is connected to the knee.
This is not incompatible with the news Matt Cerrone reported this morning that Murphy has a "sprain."? A sprain would certainly involve discomfort.? The source I had would not go on record with a specific diagnosis without the MRI.? Moreover, the outstanding questions now are, assuming it is a sprain and not some other knee problem, 1. which knee ligament is hurt? and 2. how badly?
Excerpts of his commentary follows, as usual, mine is italicized.
P ? Eddie Kunz : Although he's been a closer in the minor leagues, the scouts told me that he is not aggressive enough to be a closer at the major league level.? As a matter of fact, two scouts I spoke with went as far to say that Eddie Kunz would be no better than a situational right handed pitcher.
You can follow all of the action here.? First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 MST.
?Well, first of all, we are very excited.? We rarely see a young player having that kind of plate discipline?
?I am comfortable that he is going to play the outfield if we need him to play the outfield.??We are also?comfortable that he would be able to play first base ? if someday Carlos Delgado is not with us.? So we?re excited about him, and we envision him that way?
?He is going to play second base in the Fall League, but that was something that was decided a while back before he actually came to the Major Leagues.?
2B Daniel Murphy: 4-4, 2B, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI
Murphy drew a leadoff walk to initiate a nine-run Saguaros eighth inning, and later singled in the frame.? Murphy told MLB.com "All you can do is try to have a quality at-bat, and fortunately right now I'm just missing the players on the field and finding some holes."? Murphy should be hitting in the AFL.? He drew his walk off Rowdy Hardy of the Royals who earned the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors.? That's cool, but it's hardly the level of competition in the big leagues.?
Here are his important assessments on each guy:
At Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein took a look at the two players in each National League farm system who made a ?great leap forward.?
Daniel Murphy hit .308/.374/.496 at Double-A Binghamton and has been one of many pleasant surprises filling in for an injured Moises Alou in left field, batting .357/.444/.536 in 34 big-league games while being used only against righties. He's in over his head, but he's done enough to prove his doubters wrong.
J.P. (Hartford): Does Brad Holt start 09 at Bingo, or does he stay in PSL until the weather warms up? And how's the breaking stuff coming along?
The Arizona Fall League released the first draft of its rosters Wednesday. The Mets assigned 23 year old RHP Tobi Stoner and 25 year old LHP Jason Vargas, 21 year old C Josh Thole, 23 year old INF Dan Murphy and 23 year old 3B Shawn Bowman to the Peoria Saguaros. The Mets can send two more pitchers to the league.
The AFL begins play on October 7th, which happens to be the day that both NL Division Series are tentatively scheduled for game five if they go that far. So hopefully Dan Murphy?s resting up for the NLCS.
Stoner is 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 14 starts for Binghamton. In 74 IP, he?s fanned 57 (6.9 K/9) and walked 26 (3.2 BB/9).
In their annual Best Tools Survey, Baseball America named Daniel Murphy as the ?best batting prospect? in the Eastern League and Nick Evans as the league?s ?best defensive first baseman.
Carp (pictured) is the lone player of the three still with the B-Mets. Now hitting .294/.394/.471 he leads the team in HR (17), RBI (69), R (64) and hits (130).
Murphy hit .308/.374/.496 with Binghamton and has torn up big league pitching to a .404/.491/.617 tune in 18 games after a one-day stopover in New Orleans.
Kunz converted 27 of 30 save opportunities in double-A to go along with a 2.79 ERA. In 48.1 IP, he walked 25 and struck out 43, but his control improved markedly over the course of the year. After walking over five batters per nine innings in the first two months, he only walked on 11.1 July innings. His gb/fb ratio was a crazy high 3.55. After a brief and rough introduction to the major leagues, Kunz is waiting for another chance at triple-A New Orleans.
After the jump, you'll find the full text of a lengthy conversation Dan Murphy and I had under a tent in Hawaii in October, 2007. We talked about life in Hawaii, Murphy's intimate knowledge of his own swing, working on his defense, his favorite books and more. I'll excerpt from two of my favorite answers here:
TH: What do you do when you?re not at the ballpark, whether it?s here in Hawaii or at home in Jacksonville?
DM: Think about hitting ? all the time. I?d like to say I?ll that I?ll go back and take a month, month-and-a-half off from swinging the bat, but I get the shakes after a while if I?m not swinging the bat. .....
Following Thursday night?s game, the Mets promoted Dan Murphy to AAA New Orleans. Murphy leaves the Eastern League hitting .308/.374/.496. I think the unedited words from Murphy, his manager, and his hitting coach are most revealing.
I added the emphasis in certain quotes and the italics are all mine.
On July 3rd, 2008 Dan Murphy played his first game as a professional at second base. Murphy then made 15 consecutive starts at second base. According to B-Mets manager Mako Oliveras, Murphy did a ?great job. He proved to us that he can play there.?
Murphy can hit. He's hit .300/.370/.475 in his first 92 games at AA. However, his defensive home has always been unclear. Murphy played second and third in college. As a professional, he focused on third base initially, although he committed 35 errors at the hotcorner in 2007. In 2008, the Mets began moving him with moving him around the diamond, finding him time at leftfield and first base before second. Murphy enjoys the experience, ?I just come in every day and it?s a surprise where I play. It?s exciting to tell you the truth. The fact that I get to play multiple positions ? I think the organization is showing a lot of faith in me.?
Breaking down Murphy?s return to second into specific areas is very instructive. In evaluating second basemen, Oliveras starts with ?how they turn the doubleplay? and loved Murphy?s comfort level there saying he looked like ?he?s been playing there forever. He?s a tough cookie.? At third, scouts questioned Murphy?s footwork, leading to a concern about his range at second. On this point too, Oliveras was positive, calling Murphy?s range ?good.? Oliveras also clarified that to him, for a secondbaseman, pure range is ?overrated because if you know how to position yourself [adjusting for] fastball, curveball, in, away, you make it easier.? This plays into Murphy?s strength as a ?very smart baseball guy.? On this last point, there is universal acclaim across the Mets system as to Murphy?s baseball acumen.