TUESDAY, JUNE 06, 2006
Daniel Murphy selected in first day of the 2006 MLB Draft
June 6, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior third baseman Daniel Murphy was selected by the New York Mets in the 13th round with the 394th overall pick of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Murphy becomes the highest Dolphin drafted since JU joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 1998 and is only the second Dolphin (Chad Oliva - Philadelphia Phillies, 18th round, 2002) to be selected prior to the 20th round. Last year, RHP Neal Frontz was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 24th round with the 718th overall pick.
"Daniel Murphy is one of the best pure hitters that I've had the good fortune to coach," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "On top of that, he proved how much of a competitor he is by playing with one bad leg as we headed into the postseason."
The 2006 A-Sun Player of the Year, Murphy garnered first team all-conference honors after finishing second in the A-Sun with a .398 batting average and 55 RBI despite sitting out eight of the Dolphins' final 10 games with a knee injury. He also led the squad with 88 hits, 34 walks, seven sacrifice flies, 27 multi-hit games and a .406 batting average during A-Sun play. In the A-Sun Tournament, he went 2-for-2 with a walk-off game-winning single in two pinch-hit appearances and went 4-for-8 with two doubles and an RBI in two starts at designated hitter in the 2006 Regionals.
Last season, Murphy had a .238 average heading into a three-game series against UCF on March 25 before finishing the year with a team-high .329 after going 72-for-219 to raise his average over 90 points. Over the summer, Murphy earned Valley Baseball League Most Valuable Player honors with the Luray Wranglers after leading the league with 57 hits, 44 runs scored and 16 doubles.
In the JU single-season record book, Murphy finished sixth with 88 hits, seventh with a .398 batting average and tied for third with seven sacrifice flies. In the career book, he is tied for eighth with a .366 batting average.
In JU program history, Murphy becomes the 92nd player to be drafted by the professional ranks, including nine that have reached the majors. RHP Nick Regilio of the Texas Rangers and RHP Juan Padilla of the New York Mets are the only former Dolphins to be on major league rosters in 2006.