Adam Rubin is reporting that the young Daniel Murphy will be the patient hitter the Mets tab to hit behind Reyes.
In 131 at bats last season, Murphy posted a .313 batting average and a .397 on base percentage, highest among first year players.
This bumps last year's No. 2 hitter, Luis Castillo, down to 8th in the order. This weakens the bottom of the order, but obviously strengthens the top of it.
Here's how a lineup might look with Murphy in left field:
- Jose Reyes -- S
- Daniel Murphy -- L
- Carlos Beltran -- S
- Carlos Delgado -- L
- David Wright -- R
- Ryan Church -- L
- Brian Schneider -- L
- Luis Castillo -- S