Originally written January 12, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Nobody will ever mistake Daniel Murphy for Dustin Pedroia or Ian Kinsler at second base. But last night, Murphy was good enough to be on MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now: Second Basemen”. Murphy held up the rear with the No. 10 spot and of course Robinson Cano was the top selection. Based on their own statistical analysis Murphy is that good, at least from the offensive side of his game. But if you’re going to do a Top 10 by position, shouldn’t defense be heavily weighed as well? Last season, Murphy was charged with 15 errors in 138 games at second and ranked 20th out of 22 qualified second baseman in fielding percentage (.974 for 2012). However, what the fielding percentage and errors charged doesn’t tell you, is how many grounders went past Murphy for a base hit due mostly to his very limited range. Make no mistake that Murphy has made great strides defensively at second base since we first saw him butcher the position (and his knees) in 2011. But he still is below average even tho...
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