Bird Excited To Be In Scranton

SCRANTON, PA – First Basemen Greg Bird recently earned his first promotion to Triple-A Scranton. Bird’s addition could be extremely dangerous for opposing pitchers as he joins a lineup that already consists of top prospects Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder. The 22-year old left handed batter joined the Yankees organization in 2011 and has been a top prospect ever since.

The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders added another bat to their already dangerous lineup with Greg Bird’s promotion. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound first basemen from Aurora, Colorado was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft where he elected to forgo college and sign with the Yankees.

Bird made his first stint in 2012 outside of the rookie leagues with the Staten Island Yankees where he batted .400 with two home runs in 11 games played after being injured for most of the early part of that season. He came back strong the following year with the Charleston RiverDogs where he batted .288 with 107 walks, 36 doubles, 20 home runs and 84 runs batted in. These numbers earned Bird the Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees Minor League Player of the Year.

In 2014, Bird began the season with the Tampa Yankees where he continued to impress, batting .277 with 22 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI’s in 75 games played. Those numbers were good enough to earn Bird another promotion, this time to Trenton to finish out the remainder of the 2014 season.

Despite only being 21 years old, Bird managed to hold his own in Trenton, hitting .253 with seven home runs and 11 RBI’s in just 27 games. Bird began the 2015 season with Trenton again where he put up similar numbers to the previous year.

“The seasons been well so far you know it’s been up and down.” Bird continued. "I missed that time with injury so that’s never fun but that’s part of it and you just got to grind through it and keep working, so I think it’s been up and down but that’s just baseball too. I just got to learn how to deal with it and keep working.”

After 49 games in Trenton, the Yankees had seen enough and promoted Bird to Triple-A Scranton where he has played five games thus far. Bird is extremely excited to with the RailRiders but credits the Trenton staff for much of his success.

“I mean I was really excited to get the call up here," Bird said. "It’s always fun to keep going and taking that next step to the bigs. I’m just really appreciative for everything the staff in Trenton did for me because they're really hard working and a lot of credit goes to them, but I’m excited to be here and be a part of this team too.”

As Bird continues to adjust in Triple-A, he did note that despite only playing only five games, there has been some differences between Double and Triple-A.

“I think just the consistency. Everyone’s a little better here and has a little more feel for what they’re doing so you just have to adjust and keep working at it and you’ll be alright,” Bird said.

Bird joins an already dangerous lineup that consists of Yankees top prospects Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder. With Bird added to the mix, it could be very dangerous for opposing pitchers especially once Judge and Bird begin to feel more comfortable in Triple-A.

“You know we can be really good," Bird said. "I mean once I think we hit our stride and get going it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be contagious so well just keep getting after it and we just have to swing at good pitches and kind of let it take care of itself.”

As the All-Star break approaches Bird is looking to continue to work at his game and ultimately help his team win.

“I’m just trying to be a better all-around player and I just want to help the team win. Those are the two biggest things for me right now,” Bird concluded.

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