Read: Daniel Murphy, Dave Magadan and Olerud

In a report for Newsday, Jim Baumbach explains why Daniel Murphy reminds him of Dave Magadan.

Magadan’s best season for the Mets was in 1990, when he hit .328 with 40 extra base hits and 72 RBI, while striking out just 55 times in 144 games.

i believe murphy can develop slightly more power than magadan, turning him in to a player more like John Olerud, i.e., .320, 15 to 20 HR, 30 or so doubles and no more than 80 strike outs… however, magadan is an interesting comparison…

…by the way, i am very impressed with murph’s defense at first base… in general, the kid is quick… he has quick wrists, he reacts fast to the ball, be it in the box or in the field… it seems like he’s more likely to goof up when he has time to think, i.e., set up under a pop up, judge a line drive, set and throw, etc.… however, when it comes to instant reaction, i.e., turning on an inside fastball, or picking a hot, short hopper to first, he’s pretty slick… much like magadan and olerud…