Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have spoken glowingly about the progress made at second base by Daniel Murphy this season.
“I think anytime you’re a guy who’s trying to learn a new position, you spend a lot of time at that position to get comfortable, and Dan has worked very, very hard,” Collins said. “I think he’s done a very good job defensively, he’s really done a good job around the bag.”
Murphy has committed 15 errors this year, though Collins said he’s seen great improvement in the second half. Collins has also been impressed with Murphy’s offense despite the lack of real power.
“He’s hit in some different spots in the lineup,” Collins said. “Players who come in here like to know where they’re hitting in the lineup. But Dan’s one of those guys, who as long as his name’s in the lineup, he’s going to get you some good at-bats.”
Murphy was solid at the plate batting .291 with just six home runs, but 40 doubles to go along with them. He drove in 65 while scoring 62 run