D-backs Acquire 1B Juan Miranda for RHP Allen

D-backs Acquire 1B Juan Miranda for RHP Allen

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they have acquired first baseman Juan Miranda from the New York Yankees for right-handed pitcher Scott Allen. Allen ranked among Arizona's top twelve prospects prior to the trade, while Miranda approximately ranked as the 40th-best prospect in the Yankees' system.

Juan Miranda owns a .253 average with 4 home runs and 14 RBI in 46 games over parts of three seasons with the Yankees and hit .219 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 33 games with the big league club this season. In 80 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Miranda batted .285 with15 home runs and 43 RBI.

Over parts of four seasons in the Yankees' farm system, Miranda has a .281 average with 230 runs scored, 101 doubles, 8 triples, 62 home runs, and 273 RBI in 423 games. He's posted an OPS over .860 for two straight years at the Triple-A level and has earned a callup to the majors in each of the past three seasons, but the native Cuban turns 28 in April and has yet to prove that he can handle major league pitching.  Miranda was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on December. 22, 2006, and will be given an opportunity to be the D-backs' everyday first baseman in 2011.

Scottie Allen compiled a 5-4 record and 3.95 ERA with 29 walks and 95 strikeouts over 95.2 innings pitched over parts of two seasons in the D-backs organization. He posted a 4-4 record and 4.73 ERA (41 ER in 78.0 IP) with 22 walks and 79 strikeouts in 16 starts with Low-A South Bend this season, very impressive numbers considering that he only turned 19 that July.

Selected by the D-backs in the 11th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Allen was approximately a fifth-round talent who fell in the draft due to signability concerns.  He had a fastball and changeup coming out of the draft, but has since added a slider and changeup that are already very advanced for his age. He was the second-most-promising right-handed pitcher in the farm system to elite prospect Jarrod Parker prior to the trade.


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