In the summer of 2008, Daniel Murphy burst out onto the Major League Baseball scene, hitting .313 in 131 at-bats. However, heading into the 2008 season, Mets fans had no idea who Daniel Murphy was and what he was capable of doing at the plate.
In 2006, the Mets selected Murphy with the 394th overall pick in the MLB Amateur Player Draft. For the rest of the 2006 season, Murphy bounced around the organization's rookie-league teams.
It wasn't until the following year in 2007 when Murphy was given the opportunity to play full time on the team's class-A minor league affiliate, the St. Lucie Mets. He finished the year batting .285 with 11 home runs and 78 runs batted in.
Murphy's solid year earned him a promotion to Double-A in 2008. Once again, Daniel Murphy followed up with another successful season batting .308 with 13 home runs and 67 runs batted in.
As the minor league season progressed, many scouts believed that Murphy would be in a Mets uniform in 2009. All of this changed, however on Aug. 2, following an injury to utility man Marlon Anderson.
Faced with a loss of a key member of the bench, the Mets called on Daniel Murphy to try to fill the void that Anderson had left. Once given the chance to shine, Murphy never looked back, as he hit for a .500 batting average in his first 20 big league at-bats.
Not only did Murphy prove that he was a power hitter, he also proved that he could be patient as well, as he averaged more than five pitches per at-bat.
Quite possibly Murphy's most admirable quality is the way he conducts himself. Unlike other youngsters, Murphy takes the game very seriously and gives every play 110 percent.
I am very intrigued at the chance that Murphy could be in the Mets starting lineup as soon as next year. I feel that he brings the right amount of talent and a positive attitude that could help the ball club enter the postseason for the first time in two years.