Greg Bird
Greg Bird
26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
New York Yankees
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
$Signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration
1BNew York Yankees
January 10, 2019
Bird agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Aside from an impressive September, Bird disappointed in 2018, posting a .199/.286/.386 line with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 82 games. The 26-year-old slugger was ultimately supplanted by Luke Voit at first base towards the end of the season, and is on track to open the season as a reserve unless he wins his job back in camp.
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Since 2016
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Since 2016vs Left .837 101 12 6 21 0 .244 .337 .500
Since 2016vs Right .646 380 31 14 45 0 .183 .274 .372
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
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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Since 2016Home .814 257 32 15 43 0 .230 .323 .491
Since 2016Away .540 224 11 5 23 0 .157 .246 .294
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
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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Not on wild-card roster
1BNew York Yankees
October 3, 2018
Bird is not on the Yankees' roster for the AL Wild Card Game against the Athletics on Wednesday.
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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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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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