Arizona Fall League Yankees Preview

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Dante Bichette, Jr. (replacing the injured Eric Jagielo)

What a season for DBJ and Jagielo. Jagielo suffered through an injury-riddled 2014 campaign, and DBJ was right there to pick up the slack. a week or so back, Jagielo to a pitch off of his face in the Yankees instructional league and once again DBJ will be called upon to fill in for Jagielo. The Yankees first round draft pick in 2011, many wondered if Bichette was a flash in the pan, after digressing in 2013 after an impressive 2012 debut season. He put all the worry behind him with a strong 2014, earning a trip to the Florida State League All-Star Game and getting his first taste of Double-A ball when he was promoted to Trenton. The fall league could help the 22-year old take even bigger strides into becoming a fixture in the Bronx.

Greg Bird

When it comes to elite prospects in the Yankees system, Bird is atop the list. The 21-year old former fifth round, 2011 draft pick could very well be the future first baseman of the Yankees. Bird had a monster 2013, leading minor league baseball in walks and showing the plate discipline that has been his claim to fame. He began 2014 in extended spring training recovering from injury and it took him a while to get going. Once he shook the cobwebs off, he looked like the Greg Bird of old. He got his first taste of Double-A ball this year and belted seven home runs in 27 games for the Thunder. The future is bright for Bird and it will be exciting to see what he can do this fall.