Confident Ransom rolling at plate for D-backs

Confident Ransom rolling at plate for D-backs

Confident Ransom rolling at plate for D-backs
PHOENIX -- In his 10th Major League season, D-backs infielder Cody Ransom has already set a career high in RBIs and tied his best home run mark for a season.

The kicker is that the 36-year-old has done all of the damage in just 10 games in 2012.

Ransom had a career-high 79 at-bats with the Yankees in 2009. He entered Tuesday with 37 this season.

The veteran hasn't gotten to experience the responsibilities of playing every day, but if he continues his torrid pace, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson won't have a choice but to give him consistent nods.

With Ransom batting .351 with four homers and 12 RBIs entering Tuesday, Gibson admitted it has been hard to take him out of the lineup.

"He's much more comfortable here, he's got experience here," Gibson said. "He's comfortable around the guys and confident. If you look at his body over the years, he takes care of himself. He's a very good athlete, actually. People don't realize that. He's gotten on a good roll, he's seeing the ball well and has a good thing going on."

Even though Ransom delivered two hits Monday against the Cardinals, including a two-run homer into Friday's Front Row in the upper deck of left field in the sixth inning, the veteran instead focused on his strikeouts in his other three at-bats.

"It doesn't look big, I struck out three times," Ransom said when asked if the ball looks bigger to him this season. "Sometimes I'm pretty bad. I need to do a better job in certain situations."

That mentality of always wanting to improve is part of the reason the D-backs signed Ransom before last season.

"It tells you a little bit about him," Gibson said. "He's got a pretty good makeup. He likes the game as well. He doesn't let the frustration get to him. He was excellent for us in Triple-A last year with real good leadership."