Daniel Murphy Colorado Rockies

Age: 35 (April 1, 1985) | 6' 1" | 221lbs. | Bats: Left 1B-110 2B-3 DH-4 PH-9
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYN NL 2011 109 391 49 125 24 42 28 2 6 49 5 5 .320 .362 .448 6 10 .345 47/22/31 18 17
NYN NL 2012 156 571 62 166 36 82 40 3 6 65 10 2 .291 .332 .403 6 13 .329 51/24/25 19 18
NYN NL 2013 161 658 92 188 32 95 38 4 13 78 23 3 .286 .319 .415 5 14 .315 42/21/36 32 29
NYM NL 2014 143 596 79 172 39 86 37 2 9 57 13 5 .289 .332 .403 6 13 .322 42/28/29 23 23
NYM R 2015 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.00 1.00 1.00 50 0 1.00 n/a
NYM A+ 2015 4 15 2 7 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 .467 .529 .600 12 0 .467 n/a
NYM NL 2015 130 499 56 140 31 38 38 2 14 73 2 2 .281 .322 .449 6 7 .278 43/21/36 19 18
WAS NL 2016 142 531 88 184 35 57 47 5 25 104 5 3 .347 .390 .595 6 10 .348 36/22/42 37 34
WAS NL 2017 144 534 94 172 52 77 43 3 23 93 2 0 .322 .384 .543 9 13 .341 33/28/39 28 28
WAS AA 2018 10 37 8 9 6 4 2 0 2 7 0 0 .243 .364 .459 14 9 .226 n/a
WAS NL 2018 56 190 17 57 13 17 9 0 6 29 1 0 .300 .341 .442 6 8 .302 36/26/38 9 8
CHC NL 2018 35 138 23 41 7 23 6 0 6 13 2 0 .297 .329 .471 5 16 .318 34/26/41 7 7
COL AAA 2019 3 13 4 2 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .312 .231 19 19 .200 n/a
COL NL 2019 132 438 56 122 32 74 35 1 13 78 1 1 .279 .328 .452 7 16 .307 40/24/36 15 14
COL NL 2020 40 123 10 29 7 21 3 0 3 16 0 0 .236 .275 .333 5 16 .260 42/22/36 1 2
Career 12yrs 1452 5308 710 1572 364 709 371 29 138 735 68 25 .296 .341 .455 6 12 .318 n/a
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Found a quote at MLB from early January: "A left index finger fracture days into the season led to a disjointed season for Murphy."  ... fracture, disjointed ... hah. I get it.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Feb 15

Good point.  14 months after the surgery, I'm still experiencing a definite pain (even though x-rays and functional tests tell me it's in fine shape!).  Although I am almost twice Murphy's age, with probably about 100K more running miles on my legs than him.

That said, 2018 was after the surgery, and in much worse hitting environments than Coors he put up some pretty good numbers.

But I can't imagine that there's no pain involved in hitting a 95 mph fastball when your finger has recently been fractured.  And I can't imagine that there's not an unconscious urge to bail on some pitches instead of trying to get around on inside fastballs.

Apparently the shift rate for Murphy also jumped from 9% to 33% of his PAs last year.  Because of that, his OPS going to the opposite field increased from the low .700's to above 1.000 ... but on his career he's hit all of 5 HRs in almost 1000 PAs where he's pushed the ball to left.

So combine the hurt finger - which probably plagued his swing all year - and the fact he seems to be trying to hit the ball to left more to counter the shift and just doesn't have HR power to left ... it might be reasonable to expect the BA to rebound in 2020, but I wouldn't count on 20+ HR ever again.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 21

The key time to run away from Daniel Murphy was when you heard the words "microfracture surgery."  I don't know if it's the procedure itself or the dire straits one already has to be in to have it done, but I've never seen anyone rebound from it 100%.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 21

The Nats seem to have a knack for trading or letting these aging guys go at just the right time.  And the Rockies seem to have a knack for acquiring them and overpaying them for their decline.  I am looking at you, Ian Desmond.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 21

He hit .317 in Coors but in 227 AB managed to hit the ball out of the park only three times. Away from Coors he batted .237.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 20
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 0.8 Bat 4 Field -6 Run -1 HR/FB 11% Pull 34% Hard 26% IFFB 4%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR -0.2 Bat -9 Field 0 Run -1 HR/FB 10% Pull 39% Hard 30% IFFB 9%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19