I bet if most Mets fans took a guess as to who had the most errors on the team this season they probably would get it right. But, the answer to that question does not mean that the player with the most errors has played poor defense. In fact, for this particular team that player has actually met expectations and maybe even exceeded them.
The player I am referring to is Daniel Murphy, but like I said that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Murphy has just 11 errors on the season, which is only one ahead of the franchise star David Wright who has 10. Murphy is third on the team behind Ike Davis and Josh Thole Mets in chances this season with 422. Daniel has 181 putouts, 231 assists and has fielded at a rate of 97% so far this year.
Daniel has made some improvements defensively and appears to be getting better as the season has gone along. To put his performance into perspective, David Wright has only 266 chances but has just one fewer error that Murphy. One of the biggest areas of concern for Murphy was his ability to turn double plays. To date he has turned 45 of them successfully and appears to be getting more comfortable in his position.
Daniel still looks a little rigid at times and may not have the greatest range, but he has been solid. He does not always look smooth when making routine plays but he generally gets the job done. He has also made some plays you didn’t think he could make, and that shows he has potential to improve even more.
This is Murphy’s first season where he will be a starter from wire to wire. This is also the first time he has not been bounced around to different positions each night. He has been able to get comfortable and learn a position. As a result he is showing signs of improvements in all facets of his game on the defensive side. If he can play a solid second base defensively his bat will continue to keep him in the lineup each day.