Yankees manager Joe Girardi has named Greg Bird as the first starting point for the upcoming 2017 season.
The organization was skeptical about the 24-year-old, especially since he returned from lebrum surgery, but showed he is healthy by averaging .421 with four home runs and an OPS of 1,447 in 16 exhibition games at the spring.
The news was released by journalist Andrew March of ESPN.
According to the chronicler, Bird was competing for the spot with newly acquired Chris Carter, who pulled 41 balls in the National League last regular calendar, but only averaged .118 with a single full back stampede in the spring.
The Yankees will have to follow Bird’s development in his new role, especially because according to reports, Bird has to face as much lefty pitcher as possible. Manager Joe Girardi can cash in on rights with Chris Carter, though they all expect him to score fewer strikeouts.
Bird, selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Yankees, will be in the lineup against Chris Archer on April 2 in Tampa Bay.
Bronx ninth general manager Brian Cashman openly said he expected Bird to claim the job and was his top job candidate. It will have to wait if it manages to produce the whole season.