Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Murphy looking better at 2B , May battle Castillo for Position?
Murphy is getting consistent exposure to second base this winter with Aguilas. He is hitting a gaudy .320 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 103 at-bats -- although, clearly, improving his fielding competency at second base is the priority.
A scout who watched Murphy recently in the Dominican Republic came away impressed with the strides he has made at the position.
"He was very serviceable," the scout said. "He made all the plays but one. He had a routine groundball go through his legs. But it was no big deal. He turned a couple of double plays. He moved to his left and his right. He moved better to the first base side, which would be to his left. And his throwing was good. It was accurate. His arm action is a little long from second. If he could tighten that up, it might serve him a little better. It's almost like an outfield thrower's arm. A catcher brings it up short and tight to his ear; you want to have a little shorter arm action. But he's working hard."
I hope the Mets do not leave Castillo on this team. I hope if there is a competition at 2B, it better be Tejada and Murphy. Even if they have to platoon, I would be elated.. Castillo clearly is dead wood and I am sure the Mets brass knows he is not a fan favorite...
Murphy can't be as bad as Dan Uggla.....and if Murph hits and hits with power like he has done in the past the Mets would make him a everyday second basemen..