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Michael Bourn exceeding all expectations with Diamondbacks

By Joseph Jacquez
May 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Michael Bourn (1) is congratulated by first base coach Dave McKay (39) after hitting a one run single off of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Dean Kiekhefer (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. The Diamondbacks won 11-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Michael Bourn (1) is congratulated by first base coach Dave McKay (39) after hitting a one run single off of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Dean Kiekhefer (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. The Diamondbacks won 11-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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33-year-old veteran Michael Bourn is experiencing a rebirth at the MLB level, and is making a huge impact in a short amount of time.

The energy and veteran presence that he has brought to the clubhouse, and the impact that he has had at the top of the Diamondbacks order has been undeniable– and his manager Chip Hale will certainly take whatever production they can get out of the former All-Star.

Bourn is batting .304/.396/.413 with seven RBI and three steals in 15 games, surprising just about everyone in that span.

Bourn was signed to a minor-league deal to provide much-needed center-field depth. The D-backs have struggled to replace A.J. Pollock in center, often playing middle-infielders like Chris Owings– or catchers like Chris Herrmann– in the outfield.

Many were surprised when the D-backs acquired him because of how well Chris Owings was doing in centerfield, but with Nick Ahmed struggling at the plate, the acquisition of Bourn would allow the D-backs to play Owings at shortstop and get him more regular at-bats.

Bourn has done that and much more, providing a spark in the two-hole, helping to set the table for the middle of the lineup.

He is also making the routine plays in the outfield and has shown on several occasions why he won multiple gold gloves.

Nobody knows how long this will continue, but Bourn’s productive play gives Hale options including bunting to get baserunners for Goldy and Lamb.

As long as he continues to perform, expect him to get everyday playing time.

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