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Juan Miranda Finally Paying Dividends

By Scott Allen

It took a month of spring training and about six weeks of the regular season, however it appears Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Juan Miranda is starting to finally come around to being the first baseman the Dbacks envisioned they were getting in the trade with the New York Yankees last winter.

Let's examine the week he has had.  After last Monday's game against the San Diego Padres to start the homestand, Miranda has a .206 batting average.  After last night's sixth game of the homestand, Miranda is now hitting .269.  Granted, the low number of at-bats has helped him get his average up quicker, but you can't deny what 8-15 in a four game span will do for any batter, no matter the number of at-bats one is getting.

Miranda has 3 doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI.  He didn't play Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.  Miranda clearly has had a better approach at the plate this week.  It was almost as if a light was turned on in an instant.  Miranda has been splitting time at first for the most part with Xavier Nady, however Russell Branyan was also in the mix, but struggled and now has been released.  His release should be a positive sign for Miranda and help build his confidence that he will see even more playing time now.  The Dbacks have always planned on Miranda being their first baseman of their future, starting now, ever since they traded for him.  From the get go they've said the job was his to lose.

I'm sure you'll still see plenty more of Xavier Nady, but I would suspect it will get harder and harder to leave Miranda out of the lineup if he continues to produce as he has this week.  He'll have more bumps along the way, however now maybe those bumps won't last as long.  Plus, it will be great for him to be around the veteran Nady.  Hopefully we'll see more of this week's Miranda much much more for years to come.