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Early offensive stat projections for the 2017 New York Yankees

Greg Bird 

  • PA: 397
  • AVG: .234
  • HR: 18
  • OBP: .307
  • SLG%:
  • RBI: 57

Going off of the mere 397 plate appearances, FanGraphs is pointing at perhaps an injury or — inferring by his .234 average — perhaps Greg Bird failed at earning his spot back.

In 2015, Bird’s first taste of the majors, he slashed .261/.343/.529 with 11 home runs in 46 games — a total of 38 when proportioned to a full season.

Heading into his second season, however, he opted to operate on a torn right labrum that would keep him sidelined for a full season.

Returning to action in the Arizona Fall League just a couple months ago, Bird slashed .215/.346/.364 with only one home run and four doubles in 17 games.

These numbers aren’t what I expect, but it won’t be surprising. A torn labrum is a serious injury and notwithstanding the fact that he’s feeling strong, there may be some lingering fatigue — especially in the beginning of the year.