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New York Yankees 2014 Top 20 Organizational Prospects; No. 7 Greg Bird

April 9th, 2014 at 3:53 PM
By Karen Vankat

Greg Bird was drafted in the fifth round by the New York Yankees in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Grandview High School in Colorado. Originally a catcher New York is now grooming him as a first baseman and at 6'3" weighing in at 215 he has a typical prototype body for the position not to mention he hits from the left size, perfect for Yankee Stadium.

'First base line - Salt River Fields' photo (c) 2011, Dru Bloomfield - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Bird has continued to improve every step of the way through the farm system and last year had one of the best seasons for a Yankee prospect in some time.

Greg after last year's All-Star break hit .295 with 15 home runs and an OPS over 1.000 finishing 2013 batting .288 with 20 home runs 84 RBIs and 104 walks for the Charleston RiverDogs.

2013 was his first full season at first base and he showed he was ahead in his developmental learning of the position. Bird has soft hands, baseball IQ, and has the ability to make adjustments at a very busy position on the field.

MLB has ranked him the No. 7 first base prospect in all of baseball which is high praise since it was really his first full year at the position.

Greg is already an exceptional hitter according to many scouts and he can only get better as he moves along to the Majors. He has above average bat speed, patience at the plate as evidence of his high walk total, a very consistent hitter who uses all fields and has a very high on base percentage. The one area of improvement is his aggressiveness as a hitter he struck out quite a bit not on swings and misses, but rather watching a called strike.

Bird is slow and doesn't have much foot speed much like Jorge Posada was which makes Greg a base to base runner.

As was stated above he is really improving defensively every day and he will eventually pick up the nuances of the position.

He is a hitter plan and simple drawing comparisons to the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto.Greg should be a big RBI guy and should have the potential to hit 30-plus home runs in the future.

This season he will be with Advanced-A Tampa once he comes off the 7-day DL for a back issue. As long as he remains healthy he may be at Double-A Trenton Thunder by mid-season.

ETA is 2015 and ironically Mark Teixeira's contract is up in 2016 so if Bird can continue to move forward and stay the course he could be your Opening Day first baseman in 2016.

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