By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 8, 2011
Greg Bird is seen here. My full breakdown comes after the video. If you don’t read the words that go with the picture, you’re missing the boat.
I’m willing to bet that the phrase “ez” is on many scouting comment cards about this guy. “Ez” is good old-fashioned scouting shorthand for “easy,” and when you watch the BP swings and even the game swing, you see why. Breaking him down, you have a narrow stance with a slightly flat bat and a slight crouch. Everything is very quiet and kept simple. There’s a short stride with an uppercut. You saw some signs of bat control even in this video, where in the BP he shows he instinctively understands how to drop the barrell on the inside fastball. In the game at-bat, he went and got a low pitch. Both times, you got the “ez” stroke and in the BP, you got consistent gunshots. In games, I also got hard contact to both fields. That’s a skill within a tool, bat control, and that’s also a sign of knowing how to play the game. I’m a big believer in the value of knowing how to play the game before you get to the minor leagues. Trust me, it plays.
Now put that foundation on this guy’s frame. Want to see what a big league body looks like in high school? Here you go. Not that I’m not punching anybody’s ticket at this age, never have and never will, but these are the long, lean and physically projectable frames that have room for growth. Behind the plate, my notes had a just barely average ML arm, which is enough if he stays there. I wouldn’t be in a rush to move him out. The game seems to be cycling back toward catchers of average height rather than taller and broader catchers, so we’ll see if this guy gets a chance to stay catching in the coming years. Someone might say the bat needs to stay intact, and third or first might come a’callin’. Time will tell.