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Daniel Murphy
Birthdate: 4/1/1985 (31 y, 11 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/205     Position: 2B
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 18, Overall: 394, Team: New York Mets
Contract: $37.5M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Murphy will return to camp for the Nationals on Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. (3/24/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Sometime around mid July of 2015 Daniel Murphy learned to pull the ball for power, and from that point onward he has dramatically transformed as a hitter. Some viewed his Post Season power numbers in 2015 as a fluke, including, obviously, many, if not all, of the GMs around baseball, judging by the 3 year, 37.5 million dollar contract he signed in the off season. In 2016 Murphy proved to the world these changes are real. He just barely lost the batting title in 2016, nearly doubled his career high in home runs, added nearly 150 points to his Slugging, and finished the season as a legitimate MVP candidate. His peripheral stats seem boring in comparison as so few of them have changed, keeping SwStrk%, K%, BB%, Contact% and Swing% all within normal career ranges. His HR/FB rate has obviously skyrocketed to match his nearly doubling of home runs, and his FB% has climbed modestly. It is fair to look at his performance and assume he can only go down from here, and you would probably be right, but this offensive breakout appears to be genuine as opposed to a fluke. He will come back down to earth at some point, but going into 2017 he stands to be one of the best hitters in the game. (Andrew Perpetua)

The Quick Opinion: The biggest question with Murphy is whether you should take him 20s or in the 30s. His combination of high batting average, power, and RBI totals, along with the potential for a large number of runs scored make him one of the best players in MLB.

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