Friday, February 1, 2013

Meet A Prospect : Greg Bird

Gregory Paul Bird was born on November, 9th 1992 in Aurora, Colorado and attended Grandview High School in Aurora. Greg Bird will be entering his age 20 season in 2013 and will be bringing a great frame with him, towering in at 6'3" and 224 lbs with a classic power hitters swing to go with it from the left side. He may be the best pure hitter, when healthy of course, that we have had in the system since some guy named Jesus used to wear the pinstripes. Bird was drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB First Year Players Draft after signing a $1.1 million deal with the Yankees, bypassing a commitment to Arkansas University.

Greg hit an astonishing .553 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs in his final season for Grandview before being drafted in the 2011 draft. He was always projected to be a first basemen in the Majors because he is really a big guy to be a catcher with his 6'3" frame. After missing most of the 2011 season with an injury and a back injury that had Greg Bird missing a huge chunk of 2012 the Yankees decided to move him from catcher to first base and saw immediate dividends from it.

In 2011Bird only got in 4 games for the Gulf Coast Yankees since going down to the wire before signing for first round money and hit an unimpressive .083/.154/.083 with a .237 OPS after only collecting one hit in twelve at bats. In 2012 Bird split his time between the Gulf Coast League Yankees and the Staten Island Yankees hitting a combined .337/.450/.494 with a .944 OPS in 28 games which included 30 hits, 23 strike outs, and 17 walks.

ETA: Late 2016

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