Whether it was confidence from being deemed ‘untouchable’ during the week of the MLB Trade Deadline or the fact that he faced more right-handed pitching than left, Gregory Bird absolutely raked this week, and because of it, he was named the Triple-A Player of the Week on Monday.
Last week alone, the teams number four overall prospect hit an astounding .358 with five extra base hits and paced the International League with 10 RBI.
He had a career day on Wednesday against the Columbus Clippers when he smacked a pair of two run homers and a triple. He ended the day with four RBI, propelling the RailRiders to a 7-2 victory.
Interestingly enough, ever since his promotion to the RailRiders from Double-A Trenton on July 3, Bird is among the top ten in AAA in extra-base hits, home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage.
Bird, 22, is in his fifth season as a professional ball player. He was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Given his young age, this is actually the first year Bird is playing above AA. Before he was promoted, Bird slashed .258/.358/.445 with 16 extra-base hits, six home run and 23 RBI in Trenton. Post promotion, Bird is slashing .302/.357/.516 with eight extra base-hits, six home runs and 23 RBI. While he still needs to improve his numbers off left-handed pitchers, Greg Bird sure is shaping up to be a dominant prospect.
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