Daniel Murphy is not having the best start to the 2015 season. A .158/.234/.263 line with nine RBIs is not what New York Mets fans are used to seeing from their longtime second baseman.
In a seven-year career, Murphy has averaged a .287/.331/.416 batting line while trading his good offense for some rather interesting defense. This week, Mets fans were reminded of Murphy's spotty glovework when he made a questionable throw home instead of opting for a double play.
Normally, miscues like that are acceptable as long as Murphy is producing at the plate. That hasn't been the case through the first 17 games, though, and unlike in years past the Mets have depth and prospects on the hitting side that are ready to produce for the big club.
One of those prospects, Dilson Herrera, might force the Mets' hand with his hot start at Triple-A Las Vegas.
After collecting 2 more hits last night, Dilson Herrera is 9th in the PCL in batting at .364 and has a .394 OBP.— Robert Brender (@robertbrender) April 25, 2015
Herrera showed some promise in a short stint with the team last season, hitting .220/.303/.407 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 18 games. He is on the Mets' 40-man roster, so a call-up is easy from a roster-management standpoint. The Mets presumably want Herrera to get regular playing time, so it's unlikely that they'd promote him unless they intended for him to play nearly every day.