Charleston RiverDogs first baseman Greg Bird received the South Atlantic League Player of the Week Award for games played July 15 – July 21 on Monday afternoon. For the week, Bird hit .391/.533/.783 in six games played going 9-23 with three HR, three doubles, 11 RBI, eight runs scored, and seven walks.
The week actually started out for Bird with a 0-4 game with a walk on July 15 against the Augusta GreenJackets in Charleston. He followed that up with a 1-3, RBI, two walk performance two days later on the road against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, and then went 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the second game against the Grasshoppers. The series finale in Greensboro is where the powerful lefty exploded for the best game of his young career. Bird had a night to remember going 4-5 with three homers and drove in all seven of Charleston's runs in the RiverDogs win. Over the weekend in Hickory against the Crawdads the 20-year old went 3-7 with two RBI, three walks, and four runs scored in two games. Bird reached base safely in all six games during the week.
The 20-year-old first baseman was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Grandview High School in Aurora, Col. A 6'3", 215 lb. left-handed hitter, Bird is the second Charleston player to receive the SAL Player of the Week award this season. Peter O'Brien received the award back in mid-May.
The first place RiverDogs continue their seven-game road trip Monday and Tuesday in Hickory, NC. Following an off-day on Wednesday, Charleston returns home starting Thursday, July 25 to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park for eight games in seven days against the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Hickory Crawdads. Visit www.RiverDogs.com, call 843-723-7241, or stop by the RiverDogs box office to purchase tickets.