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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: GREG BIRD OFFICIALLY NAMED STARTING FIRST BASEMAN

Thank you Captain Obvious. The New York Yankees made the easiest confirmation of the spring when they officially endorsed Greg Bird as their starting first baseman to begin the 2017 season.  Having come back from missing the entire 2016 season due a shoulder injury that required surgery, Bird has been on a year from the jump in spring games as he currently totes a crazy good .421 average with 4 home runs in 16 games.  Bird has shown no issues whatsoever in terms of the shoulder and his selectivity at the plate has been markedly improved this spring compared to his strikeout-prone ways when he debuted in 2015.  Alas Bird is no Aaron Judge in terms of having massive strikeout problems and he has a history of rapidly improving the second go-round at a given level.  With natural 30 home run power, Bird is looking like a terrific upside sleeper for 2017 fantasy baseball.  I admit I was lukewarm on Bird coming into the spring but he has fully won me over as a slugger who can destroy righty pitching.  The average may still lag a bit this season given that Bird still has issues against lefties (in fact Chris Carter is likely to play first base when a southpaw is on the mound) but his power is tremendous and .275 is not out of the question.  Upwards we go.

UPDATE:  Two more home runs during Wednesday's exhibition game!  


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