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  • : Possible waiver wire pickups

    Another home run Sunday wrapped up a big month of July in which Miranda hit .353 (24 for 68) with five homers and a 1.008 OPS. But the rookie's run of success isn't so recent, really. Go back 50 games, and he's batting .335 (54 for 161) with nine homers and a .946 OPS. The only reason his year-long numbers look so ordinary is because he went 5 for 53 (.094) in the first 14 games following his promotion. He hits the ball reasonably hard, elevates well, strikes out at a low rate. More and more, he's resembling the player who hit .344 with 30 homers and a .973 OPS between two minor-league stops last year, which could make him a lifesaver at a position like third base.
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  • : Possible waiver wire pickups

    If you're targeting any one third baseman off the waiver wire right now, it should be Miranda. The rookie collected three hits (including a homer) for the third straight game Wednesday and is now batting .386 (22 for 57) with four home runs in July. But really, his success goes back further than that. Since going 5 for 53 (.094) to begin his career, he's batting .347 (52 for 150) with eight home runs and a .964 OPS, striking out only 19.5 percent of the time. His exit velocity is acceptable. He elevates well. And need I remind you this is a guy who hit .344 with 30 homers and a .973 OPS between the two highest levels of the minors last year? Maybe it's translating better than we even imagined.
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