Yankees Send Miranda To D-backs For Teenage Arm

The Deal
Juan Miranda had no future with the Yankees at first base, so the club dealt the hefty Cuban slugger to the Diamondbacks for Scottie Allen, a 19-year-old righthander who just completed his full-season debut in low Class A. Miranda has no minor league options remaining, so he’ll have to make Arizona out of spring training or pass through waivers before he can return to the minors.
Yankees Acquire
Scottie Allen, rhp
Age: 19.
Born: July 3, 1991 in Lyman, Calif.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 170. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Lyman HS, Longwood, Fla.
Career Transactions: Selected by Diamondbacks in 11th round of 2009 draft; signed June 19, 2009.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
South Bend (MWL) LoA 4 4 4.73 16 16 0 78 88 42 41 5 22 79 1.41

Allen throws four pitches, three of which grade as average at times, but lacks the one dominating offering to put batters away. He sinks his fastball at 87-91 mph and occasionally breaks out a swing-and-miss slider in the high 70s or a changeup in the same range. His curveball is less refined, but he’s around the zone with it and all his pitches. Wiry strong, Allen has a quick arm, but he tends to tire visibly by the fourth inning. Still, he’s worth taking a flier on because he’s a teenager who already shows a feel for pitching.

Diamondbacks Acquire
Juan Miranda, 1b
Age: 27. Position: 1B (74 G).
Born: April 25, 1983 in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 220. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Yankees, Dec. 22, 2006.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Scranton/W-B (IL) AAA .285 80 295 52 84 15 1 15 43 33 71 1 .371 .495
New York (AL) MLB .219 33 64 7 14 2 1 3 10 7 12 0 .296 .422

The Yankees signed Miranda, an international free agent, to a major league contract totaling $4 million over four years. Cuban sources list him with a 1981 birthdate, making him 29 years old if they’re correct. New York’s signing of Mark Teixeira closed the door on Miranda’s prospects in the Bronx, and since he qualified for a fourth minor league option year the Yankees made use of that to send him back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a third tour of duty in 2010. In the course of 1,259 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, Miranda has batted .287/.374/.481 with 46 homers and 177 RBIs in 301 games. He looks to pull anything middle-in and, consequently, his power is fringy because he can be pitched away. He’s an ordinary defensive first baseman who doesn’t run and who spent a lot of time at DH with Scranton.


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