It’s safe to say that many people have been surprised by Daniel Murphy’s power display this postseason. After all, Murphy hit “just” 14 homers in the regular season – a career high – but has suddenly homered in six straight postseason games, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history to do so.
For a 30-year-old with 62 career home runs to do that? Yeah, most people would say that’s surprising.
Former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, however, would not. Minaya drafted Murphy – a 13th-round pick – in 2006.
“I always thought he could hit for power,” Minaya told Jody McDonald on CBS Sports Radio. “I never doubted he could hit for power. The thing about him was that he chooses to make contact over power. I’ve always said that. There are certain guys, they’d rather make contact. At one time, a lot of people took a lot of pride in not striking out. Guys would choke up. The game has changed. He takes pride in not surrendering an at-bat. So the power is there. And the way I can tell you the power is there, you watch his BP. You can see him turn on it. But I’m not surprised by his power. I’m not surprised by the streak because he’s so intent. The word that we used, he never gives up an at-bat. The power is there. I mean, Carlos Gomez has power, but for him to get to his power, he had to basically start spinning on the ball, meaning he had to turn his hips and not be afraid to strike out. So yes, I am not surprised by Daniel Murphy’s performance.”
Minaya, it is worth noting, had a major role in building the Mets’ current roster. He drafted Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, among others. Those players have helped the Mets to their first World Series appearance since 2000.
“You’re excited for the guys,” Minaya said. “Whether it’s the Familias or the Harveys of the world, it’s a little different because when you see them, there’s a connection to earlier on in their career.”
Minaya fees a connection to all of the Mets players he drafted, but his connection to Harvey might be the most meaningful. Harvey, 26, was the seventh overall pick in 2010.
“Harvey was different,” Minaya said. “They all have their different stories. Harvey probably more because I got to see him early on, and when you’re picking that early in the draft, you’re riding (that one). That’s your pick as a general manager.”