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Kirk Gibson Sees Bright Future Up Diamondbacks' Middle

As far as still-interim manager Kirk Gibson is concerned, the Diamondbacks future is set in one of the most important parts of any baseball roster. 

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"Everybody believes in 'strong up the middle'. There's not a person in baseball who doesn't believe that."

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Gibby gushed over Steven Drew's consistency both in the field at short stop and at the plate. He might have started slow, especially against lefties, but has finished strong and will end the season with around 150 games played.

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"Steven is very consistent. There's a lot of people who would like to have Steven Drew on their team."

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In Gibby's mind Drew's worthy of a Gold Glove but was quick to admit his own bias.

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At second base, Gibson felt that Kelly Johnson has improved "immeasurably". He's been sure-handed and with the help of infield coach Matt Williams has improved his activity and footwork around the bag.

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Chris Young, as we all well know, has had a fantastic bounce-back season. His center field defense is certainly above par and he's also been one of the team's most reliable hitters.

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"So when you look into the future for this organization it's in pretty good hands with Steven Drew, Kelly Johnson and Chris Young," Gibby said.

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I think, in general, that would be a huge consideration for any team if they were starting - is the middle. And then we have Miggy (Miguel Montero) so this organization is set really nicely, in my opinion, there."

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