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Daniel Murphy would like to hit for more power

Daniel Murphy told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, pres. by Citi, that he’s working this winter to increase his power production in 2014.

He hit a career-high 13 home runs last season, along with 38 doubles and 74 RBI, while hitting .283 with a .319 OBP. His 3.0 WAR was third among National League second basemen.

“I think I walked like 30 times this past year, if I can I can do one more a week that gives me another 20,” Murphy explained. “That will help me swing at better pitches. And, if I can swing at better pitches that I can be dangerous on, I hope not only will the power numbers go up, but my walk rate will go up too.”


To see Murphy’s entire interview, during which he talks about his off-season workout and improving at second base, watch this




66 comments
Sidd
Sidd

... And this is exactly the kind of mentality that screwed Reyes up for a while.  When did it become such a bad thing to be a line drive hitter?  Unless Murphy only sees his future in NY as a first baseman, this makes no sense.  Hit the ball, run, slide, and then do it again.

metfan8669
metfan8669

Forget this power crap.  Just hit like Boggs and Gwynn Sr.  Pile up the doubles.

If the HR's come, the great, but 15hrs and a ton of doubles is plenty IMO.

thenymets
thenymets

Currently, I do not believe that Murphy's hitting style compensates for his shortcomings on defense. Many people forget that he is an extremely streaky hitter and his numbers are wildly inflated by short periods of extreme success.


What I would like see from Murphy is a return to his 2011 numbers. He really needs to hit for an OPS of .775 or higher to compensate for his shortcomings on defense. Be it from power, or higher OBP, I don't really care.

Howie Avery
Howie Avery

And I would like to date supermodels.  Is there a baseball player that would like to hit for less power?

rico
rico

Oh no, here we go, 

Murphy batting 212 on July finally says..

"I've been trying to hit 5 run HR"s now i'm going to go back to to being my old self"…he raises his average to 270 by the end of the year but wastes half a season with the experiment that always backfires. Ask Dave Wright.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Talk to Colon Murph.  He's got a guy. 

philaw
philaw

Please check out the current line on the best pure hitter to come up from the minors in quite some time:  Wilmer FLores is tearing it up and has not let up.....throw out the time he had with the Mets at end of year as he was playing on one leg....


Last 10 Games: (Current team only)

DateOPPAVGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGOPS

Dec 07@ZUL.00040000001000.200.000.200

Dec 11ORI.33330100000000.333.333.667

Dec 11ORI.66730210020000.6671.0001.667

Dec 12LAG.75041310000101.7501.0001.750

Dec 13LAG.33330110001000.500.6671.167

Dec 14CAR.33331100121000.5001.3331.833

Dec 15CAR.00050000001100.167.000.167

Dec 17@MAG.75042300251100.8002.2503.050

Dec 18@MAG.40050200000100.400.400.800

Dec 19@CAR.40050200020000.400.400.800



Totals .38539415303115401.455.6921.147


He is hitting for 385.......yes its a small sample but look at the walks v. SO......he is walking more then he is striking out....these numbers are in line with his minor league career....not just one season.  Can the mets really afford to not play this kid and allow him to develop....with CYoung, Grandy and who ever is going to first.....the line up has no on base guys except Wright and Murph....Flores will get on base and needs to play. PERIOD!!!!!!!! Find a place for this guy....let him, TDA and Legares play everyday......These kids are the future and will enable us to compete moving forward...

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I don't want Murph to feel like he has to start hitting more homers. I'd be happy with .300. 13-15 homers, 35 doubles, and 75 RBI's.

Mike Albano
Mike Albano

As long as his average doesn't suffer.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Daniel....don't worry about achieving more power. Just get hits, get on base, drive in and score runs. You can't do it alone. It takes all 25 guys to make the 2014 season successful.

flushed
flushed

Anyone think they should lock up Murphy now? It sounds like a silly idea but I think it makes perfect sense. With Murphy increasingly comfortable at 2nd, I think his numbers will get better on both sides of the ball, and if someone else comes along, we will have a super utility player, or a legit everyday injury replacement for the bench for a few years. The way salaries exploded this offseason, I would lock up whatever known quality I could. 5 years for 40 million seems fair for two arb years bought out. The only problem is that he might have more value on the market to a team as a 3rd basemen where he excels defensively, but he loves it here and has made that known.

losmets86
losmets86

Remember Flores this past yr 99 Rbis between mjrs and minors.

losmets86
losmets86

Murph is a nice player I guess, I wish he had Utley power. Murph is a complimentary player, he will always be a second or third tier player. I say play Flores or Eyjr or platoon them and trade Murph for a SS or bullpen help.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Murphy is NOT a power hitter. He is a line drive, gap to gap hittler. A doubles hitter. He should be focused on how to get better at what he does best.

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

i think most of us would like Daniel Murphy to hit for more power

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

He shouldn't focus on power....his service to the lineup is getting hits and quality at bats. You'd hope Granderson, Wright, Young, Davis/Duda (Ugh) would provide the power in the lineup. I love the way he approaches offense...I wouldn't want him to change anything. 

Erin II
Erin II

I like the way Murph swings the bat. I don`t want him trying to do too much. There is no one on this team I would rather see at the plate with runners on. You tend to see a lot of cold spells from him, but when he`s going good, it`s fun to watch. The man is CLUTCH.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

Guys say all sorts of things during the offseason and spring training and then fall back into old habits once the season starts. "Daniel Murphy wants to hit for more power" could be the new "Jeff Francoeur wants to be more patient at the plate".

flushed
flushed

For the sake of this analysis, think I'll skip Murphy's law and go with Occam's razor; the numbers suggest he is one of the better offensive second baseman because he is.

nolrog
nolrog

Daniel Murphy should not change a thing about the way he hits, except may be working out a walk here and there.  He put up very solid numbers offensively last year. 

ponzies86
ponzies86

Dont do it Murphy, Looking to go yard, will kill your BA. Let it come naturally. Love to see hm swing for average and doubles more often 

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

If he takes steroids...oops, I mean shorten his swing...he'll be the next Babe Ruth, I tell ya.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

Murphy isn't a bad player by any means,but his obp needs to go up. If his obp could go up then he could be one of the most productive 2b in the NL

metfan8669
metfan8669

@thenymets - Was he really that bad on defense?   And name me 7 2B you would rather have.  Please take Age, contract status, and salary into consideration.

rico
rico

@chasesimms  or Cesar Puello, he had a guy and a vacation for 50 games

dexx
dexx

@philaw Look man.  I like Flores too, but he loses a ton of value playing 1B.  We Shouldve traded David Wright last offseason for 3 or 4 young studs & put Flores at 3B.  Imagine if we got a young stud SS & young stud OF to pair with, Murphy, Duda, TDA, Lagares, Granderson and $20 more million to spend on the free agent market this offseason.  With our young pitching, we would be set up to contend for a decade.

natew
natew

If he can up his OBP and SLG then his average can take a dip and no one will notice.  


I suspect it's much more difficult for someone like Murphy to hit more homers while walking more at the same time than this article suggests.  Wright tried this a few years back and all he increased was his strikeouts...

metfan8669
metfan8669

@flushed - I agree, but think they should wait one more year.  Don't get me wrong I am a huge Murphy fan, but waiting a year to see what he gives you may be the right way to go.

He could have a great year and then cost us more, but at this point that would be a problem I would love to have in a year.

dexx
dexx

@flushed Hell yes. 4-5 yrs 8-10 mil per.  Kid is entering his prime. Lock him up for his age 29, 30, 31, & 32 seasons

MetsOregon
MetsOregon

@flushedGreat post. Murphy is exactly the player the Mets should lock up.

flushed
flushed

@losmets86 remember Nick Evans hit for a 942 OPS; 44 doubles, 23 home runs, and 80 RBI in Buffalo at age 24.  Daniel Murphy should not be viewed as expendable for what Flores did in Las Vegas; I think we should absolutely hang onto Flores before we figure out  what he can do, but  we would be lucky if he were even nearly as successful as Murphy, and that's the point to remember.  If we are going to turn this franchise around we have to stop Ike Davis-ing guys and cut bait quicker.  They should give Flores first base for a nice chunk of the year and make a timely decision about his progress.

dexx
dexx

@losmets86 If he played in cracker jack home field like Utley, he would hit 20 annually

ApM
ApM

@Ryan Flanagan If you watched the interview, he said  he wanted to be more selective at the plate and that would lead to more walks and more power. I don't know what to say to anyone who doesn't want that.

gameball
gameball

@xgamblorx 

I don't think Jeff Franceour has ever wanted to be more patient at the plate.

muskytoes
muskytoes

@Victor Triguero If Carlos had his way, he'd have been a Yankee long ago and never a Met. Right up to the moment he signed his Mets contract, he was offering his services to the Yankees at a discount. 

flushed
flushed

He was a hired gun, his finest moments were not in a Met uniform; if he gets into the HOF it will be mostly for his post season numbers, which were compiled mostly in other uniforms. It's a matter of opinion of course, but I think it pales in comparison to Straw's turn to the darkside.

CJM
CJM

@nolrogIt'd be nice if he swung less and made fewer outs, of course.

denelor
denelor

@ponzies86 The way he describes doing it is the right way to do it though.  He's not saying he'll be overswinging to inflate home run numbers.  He's saying he want his approach to generate more hittable pitches.  By walking more pitchers will have to challenge him more, which means he'll get more pitches he can drive.  


That's exactly the right way to go about it.  

Bringback86
Bringback86

@dexx @philaw David Wright was the last piece of bait the Wilpon's had.  If they let him go, they really would've lost the fan base.  By signing him, they keep us all hanging on, believing they really are committed to winning.  I'm not convinced yet that they are committed to winning.  

losmets86
losmets86

Flores is 21, his skills have consistantly grown since he signed as a 16 yr old. I would switch them and put Murph at 1st and Flores at second, that way EYjr can get some ABs. EYjr is the only leadoff hitter we have.

losmets86
losmets86

Utley has the most HRs as a visiting player at Citi!

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@gameball You can find spring training stories dating back every year back to 2006 where Francoeur or his team say that he's working on this but he never did quite get the hang of it.

nolrog
nolrog

@CJMOf course.  But I'd be very happy if he put up the same numbers as last year.  They were very solid for a 2B. 

losmets86
losmets86

Evans was a fluke, look at where he is now, nowhere!