In an article by Dan Martin of the New York Post, Daniel Murphy has been working on a new swing since the offseason in an effort to gain some more power. Sandy Alderson said over the winter that while he has been impressed with the improvements Murphy has made defensively over the last year or so, Alderson has been surprise with the lack of power that Murphy has displayed. Murphy hopes the new swing will change that. “I think I’m hitting the ball with more authority, especially to the middle of the field. It allows me to stay on the ball longer and the desire is to turn singles into doubles and maybe doubles into home runs.” Murphy said in the article.
Murphy is a very underrated hitter and the Mets need to be careful not to tinker with Murphy too much. The last thing this team needs right now is for one of their only consistent hitters to get off to a slow start because he’s getting used to a new swing. Terry Collins hopes to get Murphy back into a game sometime by the end of the week.
Murphy has been working hard with his younger brother Jonathan Murphy who is an outfielder in the Twins system on perfecting the new swing. Murphy notes that Chase Utley made a similar change in his swing a few years ago that gave him more power. Whether Murphy improves on the power a lot or not, expect a big year from the 27-year old.