The New York Yankees are reinforcing their team with a promotion that includes top prospect Greg Bird. Although the Yankees have recently lost the American League East division lead to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team remains capable of competing throughout the season. The news was reported by YES Network’s Jack Curry via Twitter.
Bird was considered an “untouchable” during the trade deadline period according to general manager Brian Cashman. According to Baseball America, Bird is currently ranked as the Yankees fourth best prospect; only behind Luis Severino, who is currently at the major league level, Aaron Judge, and Jorge Mateo.
While the Yankees have lost five straight games, there have been concerns regarding Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez‘s workload. Bird, a left-handed hitter, can provide relief to these roles and infuse youth into the aging Yankees’ lineup.
It is unsure how long Bird will see his time in the major leagues, but for now it would be considered relief option due to the Yankees extensive 16 consecutive games. For now, Bird has a viable chance of starting against the Cleveland Indians.
Yankees fans should be more than excited, not only due to the youth but due to the praise many have shown for Bird. During Spring Training, Cashman referred to Bird has the Yankees best hitter in the minor league system.
Through Double-A and Triple-A, Bird has a batting line of .277/.356/.469. In addition, he has 12 home runs and 52 RBI. Triple-A alone, the highest level in the minor league system, Bird has a batting slash of .301/.353/.500; as well as six home runs and 23 RBI in 34 games.
Previously news broke out concerning Bird due to his accomplishment of being named the Triple-A Player of the Week.
The call-up may seem desperate, but any aid to the struggling Yankees could be used wisely. Bird is the second top prospect promoted thus far in the 2015 season. The future is now for the Yankees.
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