The Florida Marlins demoted top prospect and third baseman Matt Dominguez to Triple-A New Orleans on Mar. 24. Strangely, that move triggered rather strong speculation about trades the Marlins might use to replace Dominguez–an issue that gained significance when Dominguez was hit by a pitch and broke his elbow in New Orleans. Now, however, those rumors have died down. It seems Florida will go with Donnie Murphy at the hot corner.
You know about the Molinas, the Alous and the DMaggios. But do you know the plight of the brothers Murphy?
Okay, so admittedly, there is no more common blood between David Murphy, Daniel Murphy and Donnie Murphy than between Daniel and Brad Emaus; David and Julio Borbon; or Donnie and Dominguez. But Murphy, Murphy and Murphy (a great baseball name, Murphy, as evidently Irish as the men who first played the game and evocative of Dale Murphy and the Dropkick Murphys) have skill sets and track records as similar to one another as were those of the Alou brothers, and better alliteration than any of them.
Each is an outfielder, in a perfect world, though Donnie can moonlight all over the infield and Dan plays second base for the Mets these days. Each has power but lacks patience at the plate. In fact, all three have the potential ton hit 20 home runs in a full season of playing time.
Each has average speed and average speed only, though David (the Yadier/Felipe/Joe D of the Murphys) is a savvy baserunner who can consistently steal 10-plus bases given regular playing time. Unfortunately, none plays impressive defense, either from a scouting or a statistical perspective. Outfielder may be the wrong label for this trio. In reality, each is a professional hitter whose hitting skills are less than overwhelming and who therefore take to the field in order to augment their perceived utility to their teams.
The Murphys are having a good spring so far. For the first time, all three have relatively secure MLB roster spots. Only a pair of fragile sluggers and a punchless center fielder stand between David and full-time at-bats. while Dan continues to slowly wrest second base from Emaus. Donnie seems to be in a time-share with Emilio Bonifacio in Florida. Yes, it’s a good time to be living the lives of Murphy.