Bird thumps three extra base-hits for RailRiders

Yanks' No. 4 prospect raises batting average by 40 points in past 6 games

Bird thumps three extra base-hits for RailRiders

Greg Bird continued a blistering run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night, going 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and four RBIs in the RailRiders' 7-2 win over Columbus.

The Yankees' No. 4 prospect has hit in six straight games, improving his average from .256 to .296. Bird has six homers and 18 RBIs since joining Scranton on July 4 and his recent stretch shows why the Yankees declined to part with him before the Trade Deadline.

Wednesday, he hit a deep homer in his first at-bat, tripled in his second and then homered again in his third plate appearance.

Drafted by New York in 2011, Bird is in the midst of his first Triple-A stint and is currently hitting 17 points above his career average. He's gone 11-for-26 with three home runs and seven RBIs in his past six contests and has 48 round-trippers and 187 RBIs in his pro career.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.