Phoenix, Arizona - Scottsdale Scorpions 1B Greg Bird (Yankees) and Peoria Javelinas RHP Kyle Zimmer (Royals) are the Arizona Fall League's week two player and pitcher of the week, respectively.
Bird - The 6-3, 215-pound first baseman continued his strong Fall League start by hitting .353 in week two with 2 homers, 5 RBI, 2 walks and 3 runs. He also posted a .421 on-base percentage, .706 slugging percentage and 1.130 OPS.
Hitting .368 overall, good for fifth in the league, Bird entered week three leading the AFL in homers (3-tied), RBI (10-tied), extra-base hits (6-tied) and total bases (260). He also ranked second in slugging percentage (.684), runs (9- tied) and hits (14), fourth in at-bats (38), and fifth in OPS (1.127).
The Yankees selected the Aurora, CO native in the second round (61st overall) of the 2011 draft.
A .283 career hitter with 36 homers and 140 RBI in 264 games in four minorleague seasons, Bird split 2014 between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.
Other Nominees for Player of the Week - Mesa OF Boog Powell (Athletics), Salt River IF Rio Ruiz (Astros), Glendale OF Scott Schebler (Dodgers) and Surprise OF Nick Williams (Rangers).
Zimmer - Right-hander Zimmer earned pitcher of the week honors on the strength of his five-inning, 11-strikeout performance on October 13 at Glendale when he allowed only two hits and walked one. For week two, he had no decisions in two starts covering six innings in which he allowed 2 hits, 0 runs and 2 walks while striking out 12 and sporting a WHIP of 0.67.
The 6-3, 215-pound San Francisco, CA and University of San Francisco product sported a 2.79 ERA through his first three starts and a miserly .156 opponent batting average. He led the league in strikeouts (15), strikeouts per nine innings (13.97) and ranked second in innings pitched (9.2).
Zimmer was Kansas City's first-round (fifth overall) selection in the 2012 draft.
He missed all but six games of the 2014 regular season due to injury.
Following week two, he was replaced on the Peoria roster by Royals' lefthanded pitching prospect Daniel Stumpf.
Other Nominees for Pitcher of the Week - Glendale RHP Zach Davies (Orioles), Salt River RHP Kaleb Fleck (D-backs) and Scottsdale RHP Tyler Glasnow (Pirates).
Arizona Fall League - Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League is a six-team league owned and operated by MLB. It plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) at five spring-training stadiums in the Phoenix metropolitan area - Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Glendale Desert Dogs), Cubs Park (Mesa Solar Sox), Salt River Fields (Salt River Rafters), Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Peoria Javelinas and defending champion Surprise Saguaros).