Greg Bird
Greg Bird
26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
New York Yankees
60-Day IL
Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
If every baseball month were September, Bird would be a beast. He has slugged .565 in the month of September throughout his brief career, but now has an overall slash line of .214/.302/.434 over 659 plate appearances. He also has 31 homers and 97 runs driven in over that time which is why fantasy owners cannot quit him. You take his power and the little-league porch in right field for his home games and you just drool in anticipation of what might become of Bird if he can consistently display what he has done in September. The problem is, he looks more like Kevin Maas 2.0 so far than he does Mark Teixeira 2.0. Bird is still just 26 years old, but Luke Voit supplanted him toward the end of the season as the newest flavor of the city while Bird was left off the playoff roster. Will he even be on the roster in 2019 or will he be dealt to another team willing to give him a chance in different scenery? Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Will face live pitching soon
1BNew York Yankees
Foot
September 26, 2019
Bird (foot) will soon progress to live at-bats, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bird has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa but has thus far been limited to hitting in a batting cage. He's nearly fully recovered from the foot injury that has cost him all but 10 games this season, and he's set to face live pitching soon. Bird will not return to the field in 2019, but he expects to be ready for the start of spring training next season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
4
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+123%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .847 110 14 7 22 0 .245 .336 .511
Since 2017vs Right .630 412 35 14 45 0 .181 .274 .356
2019vs Left .958 9 2 1 1 0 .250 .333 .625
2019vs Right .429 32 4 0 0 0 .148 .281 .148
2018vs Left .764 69 8 3 13 0 .224 .333 .431
2018vs Right .647 242 15 8 25 0 .192 .273 .374
2017vs Left .987 32 4 3 8 0 .286 .344 .643
2017vs Right .645 138 16 6 20 0 .168 .275 .370
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+131%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .784 281 36 16 44 0 .221 .313 .471
Since 2017Away .548 241 13 5 23 0 .162 .257 .290
2019Home .481 24 4 1 1 0 .136 .208 .273
2019Away .643 17 2 0 0 0 .231 .412 .231
2018Home .756 147 15 7 21 0 .225 .306 .450
2018Away .597 164 8 4 17 0 .175 .268 .329
2017Home .894 110 17 8 22 0 .237 .345 .548
2017Away .387 60 3 1 6 0 .111 .183 .204
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
14.6%
 
K Rate
39.0%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.086
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.293
 
SLG
.257
 
OPS
.550
 
wOBA
.261
 
Exit Velocity
85.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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.
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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Resumes baseball activities
1BNew York Yankees
Foot
September 18, 2019
Bird (foot) has hit off a tee and run on a specialized treadmill but remains unlikely to return this season, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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Will soon start baseball activities
1BNew York Yankees
Foot
August 31, 2019
Bird (foot) is progressing in his recovery and will soon resume baseball activities, Randy Miller of NJ.com reports.
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Spotted wearing walking boot
1BNew York Yankees
Foot
August 8, 2019
Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports that Bird is currently wearing a walking boot on his left foot.
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Could face live pitching soon
1BNew York Yankees
Foot
June 2, 2019
Bird (foot) is headed to Tampa Bay, where he will begin to run and may face live pitching, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
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Running on assisted treadmill
1BNew York Yankees
Foot
May 27, 2019
Bird (foot) has started running on an assisted "anti-gravity" treadmill, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
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