Thursday, August 13, 2015
Posted by el duque at 12:31 PM
They are bringing up 22-year-old 1B Greg Bird from Scranton.
We should be excited about this. The Yankiverse has heard the drum beat mythos of Bird since last summer, when he belted a mammoth home run in a Single A All-Star game. He made it to Double A this year, fell into a slump and got hurt. He was starting to conjure doubters and trolls, when about six weeks ago he returned from the DL and started hitting. He was promoted to Scranton and has been a terror ever since, hitting over .300 with power. Cashman refused to trade him, citing him as one of four prospects the Yankees would not deal.
The question is, why bring up a kid clearly in need of ABs, when he is destined to play 1B or DH, the two most critical positions on the big team. The answer that nobody wants to suggest is that A-Rod or Tex could be harboring an injury of sorts, which would explain their recent crapping of the beds.
The Evils' official word is that they have a pile of games coming up, and Bird is the best available hitter, which isn't exactly a high bar, considering they just jettisoned Garrett Jones for the second time in two weeks. I dunno, but Bird will be exciting to watch. We're unwrapping the future on this guy. But something's going on.