Greg Bird, who was ranked the #4 prospect by Baseball America in the Yankees organization after the 2014 season, was called up from Triple-A this afternoon. Relief pitcher Nick Goody has been sent back down to the RailRiders.
Since Garrett Jones was recently designated for assignment for the second time, Bird will be a back-up to Mark Teixeira at first base and be able to give Alex Rodriguez days off at DH. Teixeira has a .175 average in 12 August games and Rodriguez has a .162 average with two RBIs in his 12 games in August. This proves that they need more days off until they can figure out their swing.
Bird was the Yankees 5th round selection back in 2011 out of Grandview High School in Colorado. Bird is definitely capable of being productive offensively based on his stats in the minors.
He hit .277/.356/.469 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 83 games combined with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton this season. He had a .258 average with Trenton but was called up to Scranton after improving his average. In 34 games at the more challenging Triple-A Scranton level, his .301 average with six homers and 23 RBIs proved that he was ready to try to help the struggling major league offense.
The Yankees, who are 61-51 and a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East, have lost six of their last seven games and have only scored nine runs in those seven games, which proves that it was time to call up their top Triple-A first baseman. This is the lineup for tonight’s series finale against the last place Indians.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Greg Bird 1B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B