According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, a scout who has been following Daniel Murphy in the Dominican Winter League says the “second base experiment” is “heading in the right direction” although it continues to be a work in progress.
Murphy is currently serving as the second baseman for Los Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, and is hitting .320 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 103 at bats over 28 games this winter.
On Friday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said Murphy will be out until Tuesday with “tired legs”.
I don’t take too much stock into his performance in the winter leagues – I feel the fact he is on the field, staying healthy and getting at bats and experience at second base is the biggest key.
I worry about Murphy’s defense, no matter where he ends up playing next season. I can see him not just playing second base next season, but first base as well when Ike Davis needs a break, and dare I say it, even left field. If he can stay healthy and hit, I would bet he has a great shot at winning the second base job out of Spring Training, and they could continue to teach him the ropes at second base as the season progresses.