Murphy
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.310
HR
5
RBI
28
R
14
SB
1
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Surgery to repair the articular cartilage in Murphy's right knee has clouded the second baseman's status for Opening Day; depending on how much the price is depressed, this could make for a nice buying opportunity. Murphy gave a little back in the contact department last se... read more
Surgery to repair the articular cartilage in Murphy's right knee has clouded the second baseman's status for Opening Day; depending on how much the price is depressed, this could make for a nice buying opportunity. Murphy gave a little back in the contact department last season, but he still had a top-20 BB/K and a top-six xBA (min. 150 at-bats). He exceeded 180 runs-plus-RBI for the second straight year despite playing in just 144 games, and Murphy has established a new power baseline in the 20s with the uptick in hard-hit rate and flyball rate in recent seasons. He doesn't run and durability is a growing concern as he enters his age-33 season, but Murphy's core skills are holding steady and what he offers in terms of batting average at the position is tough to find outside of the first three rounds.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: L    Throws: R    HT: 6'1"    WT: 210 lbs.    DOB: 4/1/1985    Drafted: 13th Rd in 2006Show Contract
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Daniel Murphy Contract Info:
Signed a three-year contract with the Nationals in December 2015.
Three more hits Thursday
2BWashington Nationals
August 11, 2018
Murphy went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 9-4 win against the Cubs.
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2018 Stat Review for Daniel Murphy
0.80 BB/K
ELITE
6.5 % BB Rate
WEAK
8.1 % K Rate
ELITE
0.801 OPS
GOOD
0.351 OBP
GOOD
0.310 AVG
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0.314 BABIP
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Catcher
  1. 1. MattM. Wieters (S)
  2. 2. SpencerS. Kieboom (R)
  3. X. JhonatanJ. Solano (R) 60-Day DL
Second Baseman
  1. 1. DanielD. Murphy (L)
  2. 2. WilmerW. Difo (S)
  3. X. HowieH. Kendrick (R) 60-Day DL
Third Baseman
  1. 1. AnthonyA. Rendon (R)
  2. 2. MarkM. Reynolds (R)
  3. 3. WilmerW. Difo (S)
  4. X. HowieH. Kendrick (R) 60-Day DL
Shortstop
  1. 1. TreaT. Turner (R)
  2. 2. WilmerW. Difo (S)
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  1. Daniel Murphy 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Daniel Murphy 2017 Preseason Outlook
    The adjustments Murphy made at the plate that turned him into a playoff hero in 2015 with the Mets weren't just a short-sample mirage after all. He continued to hit balls harder (career-high 38.2 percent hard-hit rate), higher (career-high 41.9 percent flyball rate) and farther (career-high average of 280.6 feet on flyballs) than he ever had before, resulting in -- you guessed it -- a career year that landed him in second place in NL MVP voting. Pitchers weren't able to find a hole in his new approach as the season progressed either, as his first half and second half splits were almost identical, right down to the .985 OPS in both halves. The only thing that slowed him down was a leg injury that limited him to 55 games in the second half, but he was still healthy enough to hit .438 in 16 postseason at-bats. Nagging lower-body injuries are definitely a red flag for a 31-year-old second baseman, especially one that didn't really have a step to lose, and the 21 games Murphy played at first base last year may have been a precursor to a more permanent move, especially if Ryan Zimmerman never returns to form. The offense Murphy supplied in 2016 is more than adequate for a shift down the defensive spectrum, though, even if it's taken on faith that he'll have some regression in his performance, despite the strong indications to the contrary.
  3. Daniel Murphy 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy's torrid run at the plate during the postseason, which featured a home run in six consecutive games, will be recalled every October for years to come. Hamstring and quad injuries slowed Murphy in the first half and likely factored into his significant reduction in stolen-base attempts, but those injuries may have also masked the byproduct of mechanical adjustments Murphy made at the plate with hitting coach Kevin Long. The power surge in October was preceded by a strong second half (.284/.313/.490, nine homers), and an overall career-best strikeout rate (7.1 percent). In addition to the possibility that his new swing and approach have allowed him to tap into additional pop on a regular basis, getting out of Citi Field for half of his games may lead an increase in overall production, as Murphy has posted a .255/.297/.382 line at home over the past three seasons compared to a .313/.349/.456 line on the road.
  4. Daniel Murphy 2015 Preseason Outlook
    The epitome of the non-sexy sexy fantasy baseball player. Over the past two seasons, only two second baseman have hit at least .280 while scoring 75-plus runs and driving in at least 50: Robinson Cano and Daniel Murphy. Murphy is a high-contact batter that uses that ability to get on base more so than walking. His BABIP has been over .315 each of the past four seasons, allowing him to consistently hit for a high average. The steals dropped from 23 to 13 last season, but Murphy is still a double-double threat in that area to go along with the high average and runs. He is a 3.75 category player and the Mets are bringing in the fences in right field, which should give Murphy a boost in the power department. Last season, he out-earned the like of Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Carpenter & Chase Utley and was drafted later than all of them in most leagues. Stop undervaluing this guy already.
  5. Daniel Murphy 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy set career highs in runs, runs batted in and stolen bases, capped by a big September, and had another solid season at the plate. The main negative was a sharp drop in his walk rate, which adversely impacted his on-base percentage. In addition, his BABIP fell for the second straight year, which caused a slight drop in his batting average. Murphy has become a passable second baseman, but his main value is in his offense and durability. Now arbitration-eligible, there is a growing chance that the Mets will shop Murphy's services.
  6. Daniel Murphy 2013 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy finally settled in at a primary position last season, logging 138 games at second base despite grading out as one of the weaker regulars at the keystone (-9.0 UZR). Offensively, little changed in Murphy's numbers as he walked at the same six-percent clip as he did in 2011 while maintaining a steady contact rate (84 percent). Now 28, it is hard to envision significantly more power coming from him as he slugged just .403 last season. Further, Murphy has not shown progress against left-handed pitching, and remains susceptible to being platooned at second base if the Mets can find someone to complement his splits (.294/.341/.419 vs. RHP, .283/.311/.369 vs. LHP).
  7. Daniel Murphy 2012 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy, who suffered a "high-grade" MCL tear in his right knee that sidelined him for the year in July 2010, had a brilliant spring training to break camp with the Mets. He opened the year hitting, forcing the Mets to dump Brad Emaus and make him an everyday player. Murphy saw action at first and third, but settled in as the starting second baseman. However, he suffered an MCL tear for the second straight year, this time to his left knee. Murphy still struggles with mental mistakes and a lack of baseball instincts, but he is penciled in as the starting second baseman and occasional leadoff hitter. Don't expect much power, but Murphy should post a solid batting average with lots of doubles and a good on-base percentage if healthy.
  8. Daniel Murphy 2011 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy, who failed to meet the hype in 2009, was battling Mike Jacobs to open 2010 as the Mets' first baseman before spraining his right MCL late in camp. Once he returned to action in the minors, Ike Davis was set as the team's first baseman, so Murphy was to be groomed as a utility player. In his first start at second base, Murphy suffered a "high-grade" MCL tear in his right knee that sidelined him for the year. Murphy had a big winter league season playing second base before getting shut down with a slightly strained left hamstring but is expected to be healthy for spring training, where he will contend to open the year as the starter at second.
  9. Daniel Murphy 2010 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy, the Mets' Golden Boy entering 2009, got off to a strong start with a home run on Opening Day, but it was mainly downhill from there. His fielding struggles while trying to play left field impacted his confidence at the plate, landing him on the bench. Murphy was shifted to first base with Carlos Delgado out. After bottoming out at .234 in mid-June, Murphy hit .281 to finish at .262 and looked extremely comfortable defensively at first base. His role in 2010 will depend on what the Mets do in free agency; if the team adds a big bat in left, Murphy could remain the starter at first, but the more likely scenario has him platooning with a right-handed bat at the position.
  10. Daniel Murphy 2009 Preseason Outlook
    Murphy exploded out of the chute at Double-A Binghamton and made a brief pit stop at Triple-A before being promoted to the Mets in early August. The knock on Murphy in his career has been his defense, as he played third in the minors before seeing time at second and ended up playing left in the majors. His bat looked major league ready in a 131 at-bat trial, so one possible role for him in 2009 is that of a super-utility player similar to Tony Phillips early in his career, enabling the Mets to find a regular position for him over time. Murphy injured his forearm in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game and then suffered a Grade 2 strain of the right hamstring, but he is expected to be ready for spring training, where he is slated to platoon in left with Fernando Tatis, though that will depend on what the Mets do in free agency.
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Three more hits Thursday
2BWashington Nationals
August 11, 2018
Murphy went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 9-4 win against the Cubs.
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Grabs three hits
2BWashington Nationals
August 10, 2018
Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Cubs.
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Turns in multi-hit performance
2BWashington Nationals
August 9, 2018
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Braves.
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Gets Game 2 breather Saturday
2BWashington Nationals
August 4, 2018
Murphy will not start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.
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Two homers Tuesday
2BWashington Nationals
August 1, 2018
Murphy went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and six RBI in Tuesday's blowout win over the Mets.
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