Big frame; tall body with long limbs; has some room for growth and it likely will not affect his already below-average speed.
8/15/2014 - 8/17/2014
Trenton Thunder (AA, Yankees)
Everyday guy; nothing out of ordinary noted.
40; Bench Player
Crouched; open stance; average bat speed; swing can become elongated; very slight hitch at times; slight uppercut; will drop back shoulder at times when fooled or out in front; collapsed back side a few times; shows ability to go opposite field; does not have the fast twitch muscle to pull high-end velo; very good approach at the plate; almost too passive at times; takes a ton of pitches and walks a bunch; recognizes spin but is vulnerable to the slow stuff in the dirt when he is behind in the count; pitchers were attacking him early and then easing in with the slow stuff in pitcher counts.
Plus raw power; plays down in-game due to swing becoming elongated and just average bat speed; will have difficulty routinely connecting for power but has enough brute strength to display average power in-game; slight uppercut and swinging is conducive for power.
Not agile; slow-footed player that does not have any great gears; 4.47 home to first.
Poor range; not fleet of foot; clean with his defense if ball is hit in his zone; soft hands; able to make long extensions at first base; first base only type; can hold his own at the position but will not be an asset defensively.
Average arm; only saw him get to air it out once but was able to make a strong throw to third base; not a large concern as a first basemen either way.
Bird is a first-base only type, but could show second-division skill. His approach is the best asset of his game and he could be a high OBP type, which will help play up the hit tool and power. He does not have impact tools, but can hold his own.
He just reached Double-A, and could use another year to see more advanced pitching. The approach is good, but he needs to work on keeping the swing more consistent and staying back on the slower secondary stuff.