Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at second baseman Daniel Murphy.
2012 Stats: .291 Average / 6 HR / 65 RBI / .332 OBP/ 62 Runs
2012 Story: Let's start out with some positives. 2012 was the first year in the young career of Daniel Murphy that the second baseman was able to finish the year. In spite of that, Murphy's year was filled with ups and downs. Murphy spent a lot of time focusing on his defense this season, as it was his first full year as a second baseman. In terms of his bat, Murphy had a very solid year and one consistent to what he's done in the past, stat wise. One thing of concern for the Mets was his seeming lack of power, as it took Murphy nearly three whole months to record his first home run of the season. As for his defense, many questioned if Murphy could even have a position playing in the National League after his failure to learn the outfield. Murphy actually improved defensively at second in 2012, but he is not going to be mistaken for a Gold Glover anytime soon.
Contract Status: Arbitration Eligible (First Time)
Odds of Returning: 90%.
2013 Role: Starting Second Baseman
Even though many may question Daniel Murphy's limitations, it is important to remember that he is still a young and developing player. Remember, Robinson Cano was not always the greatest fielding second baseman either. While I don't know if Murphy will become a hitter of Cano's caliber, he's certainly improving with each year of experience. Murphy at the least should be a capable starting second baseman for the Mets, if not something more.
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