Greg Bird
Greg Bird
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
New York Yankees
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Bird missed most of 2017 with an ankle injury, but returned to post an .891 OPS and eight homers in 29 games to close out the regular season, and he then led the Yankees in OPS during an extended postseason run. He fouled a ball off his ankle late in spring training and played through it for a month, but his performance suffered greatly and Bird ultimately wound up on the DL. At one point, Bird's season was feared to be over as there was talk of exploratory surgery. This came after Bird missed all of 2016 due to shoulder issues; the injury history is getting long for a player who just turned 24 years old this winter. It's easy to see the talent when Bird is on the diamond -- he can take a walk and his strikeout rate is very manageable given the power -- but until he shows he can stay on the field and perform over the course of a full season, there will be doubters. Read Past Outlooks
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Gets breather Friday
1BNew York Yankees
September 7, 2018
Bird is out of Friday's starting lineup against Seattle, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
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Bird will get the day off with left-hander James Paxton slated to take the hill for the opposition. Luke Voit draws the start at first base and will bat sixth with Bird on the bench.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .821 99 11 6 20 0 .238 .333 .488
Since 2016vs Right .650 375 31 14 44 0 .183 .275 .375
2018vs Left .739 67 7 3 12 0 .214 .328 .411
2018vs Right .652 237 15 8 24 0 .191 .274 .378
2017vs Left .987 32 4 3 8 0 .286 .344 .643
2017vs Right .645 138 16 6 20 0 .168 .275 .370
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+131%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .817 256 32 15 42 0 .231 .324 .493
Since 2016Away .531 218 10 5 22 0 .152 .243 .288
2018Home .761 146 15 7 20 0 .227 .308 .453
2018Away .587 158 7 4 16 0 .168 .266 .321
2017Home .894 110 17 8 22 0 .237 .345 .548
2017Away .387 60 3 1 6 0 .111 .183 .204
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Greg Bird compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
9.9%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.225
 
ISO
.189
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.385
 
OPS
.671
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Bird showed promise in 2015 when a season-ending injury to Mark Teixeira thrust the then 22-year-old into a starting role for a playoff team. He smacked 11 home runs with a .268 ISO in 46 games, but unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to build on that campaign. Bird's 2016 season ended before it even began with shoulder surgery in February. He returned to action in the Arizona Fall League, but hit just .215 with one home run in 17 games. With Teixeira now out of the picture, Bird is in position to open up the season as the everyday first baseman. The lefty's power will be a natural fit with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, but he'll need to find a way to cut down on his strikeouts to really take the next step forward (29.8 percent strikeout rate in 2015).
Thanks to an injury to Mark Teixeira, Bird was fast-tracked through the minors. He gave the Yankees 46 quality games and hit 11 home runs in just 178 plate appearances. Between all levels, Bird now has three straight 20-homer seasons, and it's that power that has the Yankees thinking he can be their first baseman of the future. The question will be if Bird can make enough contact to let the power shine. Bird struck out at a 29.8% clip, and only three qualified players struck out more often last year, so Bird will have to continue to show plus power to overcome the whiffs. He has the eye and the patience to make it work, plus he's a left-handed slugger who gets to play half his games in Yankee Stadium, but there is not much margin for error. It's all moot for 2016, unfortunately, as Bird underwent shoulder surgery in February and is slated to miss the entire season.
Bird’s minor league numbers look like those of a poor man’s Joey Votto. In 2013 he walked 18.7% of the time with a 23.0% strikeout rate and posted a BABIP fueled .288/.428/.511 line with 20 home runs in 573 plate appearances. He followed that up last year by hitting 14 home runs with a .271/.376/.472 slash line in 441 plate appearances across stops at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. While his power numbers took a hit at Tampa in the Florida State League, Bird’s pop came back in a big way after getting promoted to Double-A. In just 27 games at Trenton, he hit seven of his 14 home runs on the season as a 21-year-old while putting walk and strikeout rates of 15.5% and 23.3%, respectively. Now, entering his age-22 season, Bird looks to pick up where he left off at Double-A, and if he does so, the Yankees could be looking at their first baseman of the future.
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On bench again Sunday
1BNew York Yankees
September 2, 2018
Bird is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
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On bench vs. lefty
1BNew York Yankees
September 1, 2018
Bird is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
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Playing time dwindles
1BNew York Yankees
August 31, 2018
Bird is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic New York reports.
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Absent from Thursday's lineup
1BNew York Yankees
August 30, 2018
Bird is not in the lineup versus the Tigers on Thursday.
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Sits for fourth game out of five
1BNew York Yankees
August 27, 2018
Bird is on the bench yet again Monday against the White Sox, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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