In a year where the New York Yankees have used over 50 players and nearly 15 rookies, the club has decided to add another to the active roster, promoting Gregory Bird to the major leagues. Initially reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network, Bird will serve as an extra bat off the bench backing up designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira. Bird will also fill the vacant void left on the active roster following Garrett Jones being designated for assignment earlier this week.
Greg Bird will be joining the Yankees. Will back up Teixeira at first base and ARod at DH. Long stretch of games so Yankees want a back up.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 13, 2015
Bird, a fifth round pick by the Yankees in the 2011 first year player draft, currently sits fourth on the MLB.com list of top 30 prospects. A left handed hitting first baseman by trade, the bird has been the word at every stop in the Yankees farm system. From the Gulf Coast Yankees through the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Bird has accumulated nearly 1500 plate appearances, posting an on-base percentage of .350 or better at each stop along with an OPS exceeding the .800 plateau.
Bird’s promotion comes at a time when the Yankees are reeling in the standings, falling one half game behind the white hot Toronto Blue Jays, whose midseason acquisitions have paid massive dividends over the past weeks. Since Luis Severino‘s big league debut against the Red Sox on August 5th, the Yankees offense has sputtered, scoring four runs or fewer in seven consecutive games. With deadline acquisition Dustin Ackley on the disabled list and the club lukewarm about external alternatives the Yankees turn to Bird to take flight, perhaps sooner than initially expected. Kim Wilde famously sang “There is a new wave coming” in her 1981 hit single, “Kids in America”. A new day is dawning with the next wave coming fast and furiously to the Bronx.