Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections are a good measure of what to expect from players in the upcoming baseball season. We'll take a look at the Rangers' projections on a position-by-position basis. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Today we'll look at the projections for the Rangers at left field, where David Murphy is pretty much the man after years of being a platoon player.
Murphy: .275 batting average, .341 on-base percentage, .427 slugging percentage, 22 doubles, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs.
After seeing the numbers Murphy put up last season as a full-time player for only the second half, you'd have to be expecting more than this if he can be a full-time player for an entire season. Last year, Murphy hit .304 with a .380 on-base mark with 15 homers and 61 RBIs. So frankly, as long as he stays healthy and plays every day, it'd be a disappointment to see Murphy put up numbers like ZiPS projects.