We sat down with Staten Island Yankees manager Justin Pope for a Q&A session to get his thoughts on…
Yankees vs. Red Sox: First Base Prospects
The Two Farm Systems: It is weird to note given that these two organizations are known for their power hitting ways in recent history, but the fact is neither farm system has a whole lot of depth of quality long-term first base prospects right now, at least among those primarily playing first base right now. Clearly the highest ceiling among first base prospects in either organization is New York's Greg Bird. A fifth round pick in 2011 as a catcher, he signed for an organizational high $1.1 million bonus for that Yankee draft class. Many believed the sweet-swinging lefty to be a great offensive potential backstop but back issues for most of the 2012 season forced the Yankees' hand and they moved him to first base. His limited number of at-bats this year might allow him to sneak up some folks not too familiar with his game, but the fact is scouts are enamored with the 20-year old's combination of plus power potential, great plate discipline, and innate hitting abilities. He...
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