According to Josh Norris from Baseball America, the New York Yankees have promoted first-base prospect Gregory Bird to AA. He missed sometime early on this season because of a lingering back issue, but has done well since returning. His OPS is the fifth highest in the league. Despite his strong season, it’s doubtful that he would he get a chance at a promotion with Peter O’Brien on the team. But the O’Brien trade cleared up a sizeable logjam in the Yankee system.
The move will not only give Matt Snyder, and Rey Nunez time prove themselves in the short-term, but it should also allow them to promote Mike Ford to Tampa whenever he gets healthy. The move may also lead to Dante Bichette and Eric Jagielo getting reps at first-base, and freeing up room on the roster for Ericson Leonora.
Bird will be about three and a half years younger than his competition, but hopefully he is able to prove enough in his short time in AA to get his name on some top-prospect lists.Follow @JoshSabo1