ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Nick Punto #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals to end the second inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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.