Daniel Murphy, Second Base, Washington Nationals, #20
Date of Birth: 4/1/1985
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
College: Jacksonville University
Current Salary: $12,000,000
Daniel Murphy, second baseman for the Washington Nationals, was drafted by the New York Mets in 2006. He had his first start in the majors in early August of 2008 when he replaced an injured Marlon Anderson for 49 games. He ended his first season with a .313 batting average, 2 home runs and 41 hits.
The 2013 season was one of Murphy's best, with career highs of 188 hits, 78 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases in 161 games. He finished the 2014 season with 172 hits, 37 doubles, 57 RBIs, and a .289 batting average in 143 games.
Murphy had a good 2015 regular season and a very strong postseason. In the regular season, he batted .281 with 140 hits, 38 doubles, a career high 14 home runs, and 73 RBIs in 130 games. Defensively, he played 17 games at first base, 69 games at second base, and 42 games at third base. He won the National League Championship Series MVP. During that series, he broke an MLB record for hitting home runs in each of six consecutive games and he tied Lou Gehrig's postseason record for seven consecutive games with a hit, a run, and an RBI in each game. His postseason batting average was .328 with 19 hits, including 2 doubles and 7 home runs, 1 stolen base, and 11 RBIs in 58 at-bats in 14 games.
Murphy signed a three-year, $27.5 million contract with the Nationals on January 6, 2016. He earned his salary in 2016, while proving that his 2015 postseason record wasn't a fluke. In 142 games in 2016, he had career highs in doubles with 47, home runs with 25, and RBIs with 104. He had 184 hits and he batted a career high .347. His batting average was second in the major leagues (D.J. LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies batted .348). He excelled again in the postseason, batting .438 with 7 hits and 6 RBIs in 16 at-bats in 5 games.
Murphy won his first Silver Slugger award in 2016.
Career batting statistics for Murphy through 2016 include:
- 1,045 games played
- 1,151 hits
- 275 doubles
- 62 stolen bases
- 506 RBIs
- 497 strikeouts to 253 walks
- .296 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Murphy at second base through 2016 include:
- 624 games played
- 1,549 assists
- 356 double plays
- 1,048 putouts
- 63 errors
- .976 fielding percentage
Murphy and his wife Victoria were married on December 1, 2012. They have one son.