New York Yankees minor-league first baseman Greg Bird received the Joe Black MVP Award for his outstanding play in the Arizona Fall League. Bird is the Yankees’ fourth-best prospect according to Baseball America.
Bird led all players in home runs (six) and runs (21). He ranked third in slugging (.556) and sixth in average (.313) across 26 games. The Scottsdale Scorpions slugger began the AFL year with a 16-game hitting streak.
“It’s an honor,” Bird told MLB.com. “Being a part of this league is huge privilege. I just came out to here to become a better player and meet some new guys. This is icing on the cake.”
The Yankees’ fifth-round pick of the 2011 draft hit .271/.376/.472 across two levels in 2014, while blasting seven homers in 27 games for Double-A Trenton.