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Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: GREG BIRD 1B NEW YORK YANKEES

Who you might ask?  Greg Bird?  How in the hell is that?  Well it would be easy to forget Bird since he has pretty much missed the entire 2017 fantasy baseball season with a stubborn ankle injury that inhibited him going back to spring training.  Looked at as the better hitting prospect than first half monster Aaron Judge, Bird certainly looked the part during spring training when he hit everything in sight and cracked homers on an almost daily basis.  Unfortunately that is also when the ankle began to flare up and this after Bird missed the entire 2016 season due to a serious shoulder injury.  While Bird gave it a go for the first month of the season, he clearly was not himself as he batted .100 with just a single home run and 3 RBI before the ankle led to surgery.

Fast forward to present time and Bird is set to be activated by the New York Yankees for Friday's game and leading into it, he has once again been destroying pitching to the tune of a 3 home runs, 11 runs scored, and 7 RBI in 14 games at Triple-A.  Once activated, Bird will be the everyday first baseman for the Yankees and thus will become an intriguing fantasy baseball power bat for the last month of the season.  Having hit 11 home runs in 46 games as a rookie in 2015, Bird has shown he can hit major league pitching and thus is worth adding where available.  While he does strike out too much and thus could be an average liability, Bird in that Yankee Stadium ballpark should be given another chance.


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