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Laird Will Focus On Defense At Instructs

Laird hit .377 in August (Photo by Mark LoMoglio)

It's hard to have a better professional debut season than Gulf Coast League Yankees' third baseman Brandon Laird had this past year, leading his club in batting average, home runs, and RBI. With Instructs set to start on Thursday however, the young slugger is making defense his top priority for mini-camp.

Drafted in the 27th round this past year, which is another story in itself, Brandon Laird not only impressed everybody with his scintillating bat - hitting .339, 14 doubles, 8 home runs, and 29 RBI - but it was the adjustments he made in the field that has many thinking he could be the steal of the 2007 draft. After committing six errors in his first 22 games, the former Southern California...

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