March 7, 2008
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Former JU Dolphin Daniel Murphy has been a hot prospect for the New York Mets and he is getting his chance on the big stage today as the Mets face the Cleveland Indians live at 1:05 p.m. on ESPN.
Murphy, who will start at third base for David Wright, will be playing in his sixth game with the big league club and his second start during Spring Training. In eight games, he is batting .125 (1-8) with a double and two total bases.
Murphy, who completed his first season with the St. Lucie Mets (A) in 2007, earned the Sterling Award (team MVP) after batting .285 with 143 hits, 34 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 78 RBI. In recognition of his honor, he was sent to Shea Stadium where he had his named announced and his accomplishments during a Mets home game. He was also recently voted one of the Mets' Top 10 prospects by Baseball America.
The former Dolphin (2004-06) helped JU to its second most wins in program history (43) and led the program to an at-large bid in the 2006 NCAA Regionals in his junior season. In that year, he led the squad with a .398 batting average and 55 RBI while being named Atlantic Sun Conference "Player of the Year". Due to his success, he was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB draft and signed a contract with the club to forgoe his senior season.