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Bird is the Word: Thunder Slugger Named EL Player of the Week

by Matt Kardos | Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Eastern League announced on Monday afternoon that Trenton Thunder first baseman Greg Bird has been named the league’s Player of the Week for the period of August 4th-10th.

Bird, a 2011 fifth-round draft selection by the Yankees out of Grandview High School, hit .421 during the six game qualifying stretch with two doubles, three homers, three RBI, eight runs scored while slugging 1.000. The 6’3″ first baseman began the week by blasting a solo homer against Altoona for his first Double-A hit on Tuesday. For an encore, Bird went 4-for-4 with two more home runs the very next day.

Thunder first baseman Greg Bird was named the Eastern League Player of the Week

Thunder first baseman Greg Bird was named the Eastern League Player of the Week

The Yankees promoted Bird to Trenton from High-A Tampa on August 2nd shortly after they dealt Thunder slugger Peter O’Brien to Arizona at the trade deadline in exchange for veteran Martim Prado. In 75 games for Tampa, Bird hit .277 while blasting seven homers and driving in 32 runs.

“Greg certainly has the ability to hit the ball out of the park,” said Thunder Manager Tony Franklin. “He is a really good hitter; he covers the plate really well, he seems to be fairly patient and can go to all-fields very well.”

Bird is the fifth Thunder player to earn a weekly Eastern League award this season. Pitchers Bryan Mitchell and Jeremy Bleich earned Pitcher of the Week honors while Kyle Roller and Rob Refsnyder both took home Player of the Week honors earlier this season.

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