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October 22, 2010

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of October 21

by Kevin Goldstein

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Brandon Laird, OF/1B, Yankees (AFL: Desert Dogs): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (2), R, 4 RBI.

It was a tale of two seasons for Laird, who was among the top hitters in the Yankees system during the first two thirds of the year as he hit .291/.355/.523 for Double-A Trenton, but then things went downhill following a promotion to Triple-A, as he finished with a .246/.268/.344 line in 31 International League games. He's slugging .633 in a week's worth of Arizona games, but more notable is the defense, as the third baseman has been playing in left field and at first base for Phoenix. A bad third baseman, if this move is permanent, the offensive expectations become that much more.

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