Bird Ready To Play Some Baseball

TAMPA, FL - Greg Bird, the fifth-round draft selection of the New York Yankees in June's Major League Baseball Draft, has agreed to a professional contract and has arrived in Tampa to showcase his skills in the Gulf Coast League.

Greg Bird, the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Colorado, played catcher in high school while putting up impressive hitting statistics in his senior year in high school.

At the dish, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder hit .533 while belting out 12 home runs and drove in 38 RBI's in his senior season to cap off his high school career.

In June's draft, when the news came out that the Yankees drafted Bird in the fifth-round, it was simply an honor for the 18-year old Colorado native.

"It's an absolute honor," Bird said. "They have so much history and it's an honor that they thought of me that highly to take me that early and I'm ready to play some baseball."

Bird, who saw some action in Tueday's game as a designated hitter, has caught bullpen sessions for the team as he comes into the Yankees organization as catcher.

With so much success coming Bird's way behind and at the plate for Bird in high school, there have been some discussions if he will stay at the position throughout his development.

According to Bird, he is open to whatever the organization thinks is best for the team.

"I'm hoping for whatever and ready to try any position like catcher, first, third or whatever they want me to do," Bird sad. "They talked about the outfield a little bit so I am open for whatever they want me to do."

Before Bird signed with the Yankees, he had a decision to make. Was he going to begin his professional career, or play baseball with the University of Arkansas squad in the Spring of 2012?

When it was all said and done, he chose the Yankees to pursue his childhood dream of playing in Major League Baseball and is happy with how negotiations went.

"I just wanted to go after my dream right away, that's honestly what it came down to," Bird said. "I want to play in the major leagues and that seemed like the fastest way to me so I plan on working on my goal.

"I just wanted to go after my dream right away. That's honestly what it came down to and I want to player in the major leagues a d that seemed like the fastest way to me so I plan on working on my goal."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nGreg Bird, the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Colorado, played catcher in high school while putting up impressive hitting statistics in his senior year in high school.
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\r\nAt the dish, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder hit .533 while belting out 12 home runs and drove in 38 RBI's in his senior season to cap off his high school career.
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\r\nIn June's draft, when the news came out that the Yankees drafted Bird in the fifth-round, it was simply an honor for the 18-year old Colorado native.
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\r\n\"It's an absolute honor,\" Bird said. \"They have so much history and it's an honor that they thought of me that highly to take me that early and I'm ready to play some baseball.\"
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\r\nBird, who saw some action in Tueday's game as a designated hitter, has caught bullpen sessions for the team as he comes into the Yankees organization as catcher.
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\r\nWith so much success coming Bird's way behind and at the plate for Bird in high school, there have been some discussions if he will stay at the position throughout his development.
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\r\nAccording to Bird, he is open to whatever the organization thinks is best for the team.
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\r\n\"I'm hoping for whatever and ready to try any position like catcher, first, third or whatever they want me to do,\" Bird sad. \"They talked about the outfield a little bit so I am open for whatever they want me to do.\"
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\r\nBefore Bird signed with the Yankees, he had a decision to make. Was he going to begin his professional career, or play baseball with the University of Arkansas squad in the Spring of 2012?
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\r\nWhen it was all said and done, he chose the Yankees to pursue his childhood dream of playing in Major League Baseball and is happy with how negotiations went.
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\r\n\"I just wanted to go after my dream right away, that's honestly what it came down to,\" Bird said. \"I want to play in the major leagues and that seemed like the fastest way to me so I plan on working on my goal.
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\r\n\"I just wanted to go after my dream right away. That's honestly what it came down to and I want to player in the major leagues a d that seemed like the fastest way to me so I plan on working on my goal.\"
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