“He’s swinging the bat really well right now”, one minor league scout said Thursday.
Left-handed hitting first baseman Greg Bird, on Cashman’s short list of untouchable prospects at the trade deadline, was called up and is scheduled to join the Yankees in time for Thursday night’s game against the Indians, who will start righthander Trevor Bauer. The team lost hold of first place in the American League East after going 4-9 in the last 13 games, including a current five-game losing streak. Bird previously played at Double-A Trenton before heading up to Triple-A and he put up an. Offensively, they’ve scored just nine runs over the past seven games. 853 and has played a huge role in helping the RailRiders build a 5 ½ game lead atop the worldwide League North Division. 304 with six home runs and 23 RBIs, has an.OPS of. Even with his power potential and size, Bird has been known to take effectively take walks.
The 22-year-old prospect from Aurora, Col., was a fifth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2011. He was Colorado’s Gatorade player of the year in 2011 after hitting.
The Yankees are plucking from their farm yet again. The top three prospects are pitcher Luis Severino – who’s made two starts in the majors this season – outfielder Aaron Judge and shortstop Jorge Mateo. With Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez perhaps starting to show signs of fatigue, Bird will have every opportunity to step in and give extra support to the Yankees core of veterans.
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