Yankees News: Gregory Bird Posting an Interesting Stat Line


New York Yankees first base prospect Gregory Bird has posted a pretty interesting stat line to date since the start of the 2015 Trenton Thunder season.

Many would look at his uncharacteristically low .226 batting average through his first 53 at-bats and insist that he’s slumping, but this isn’t really the case.

Thanks to his increased plate discipline, Bird has reached base via a hit or a walk in 14 of his last 15 games, improving to a .377 on-base percentage, which is good enough to be in top 25 in the Eastern League in OBP.

Also, seven of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases, including a double in last nights 10-2 loss to the Portland SeaDogs,  improving his isolated power (Slugging Percentage-Batting Average) to .163, according to Fangraphs.

According to Cody Derespina of NewsDay.comthe MLB average in isolated power last season was .135, which is pretty encouraging for the 22-year old prospect.

Greg Bird was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 June Amateur Draft out of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado. He was rated the number four prospect in the Yankees farm system by Baseball America after the 2014 season, and if he can continue getting on base and displaying his power, Bird will be heading up to the Bronx sooner rather than later.

Greg Bird and the Trenton Thunder are back in action on Saturday at 1:00 pm for the third game of their four game set up in Portland.

Be on the lookout for part two of our minor league players of the week series on Monday morning, maybe Greg Bird’s name will pop up.

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