After dominating the Double-A Easter League, corner infielder Brandon Laird has had his fair share…
Laird Sticking With His Approach
Laird burst his way into the International league last week by having one of the best games of his career, which also happened to be his Triple-A debut. In his first at-bat he hit an opposite field home run, which was his 24th of the year. Brandon Laird singled in his next two at-bats, scoring a run in the seventh inning.
He came to the plate once more in the ninth with the game tied, and he did not disappoint, coming through with his second solo home run of the game to put Scranton ahead for good, as they won 6-5 against Syracuse.
"It was really special for me," Laird said. "To come up to this level of baseball and face this level of talent and have that type of game was just awesome, and it felt so good to have a performance like that."
Brandon Laird continued hitting into his next game, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's. Overall with Scranton Brandon Laird is hitting .314 with 5 RBI's, 19 total bases, and has a .879 OPS.
"He's already provided us with some great offense in the middle of the order," Scranton manager Dave Miley said. "They've been pitching him differently the last few games because they've seen what he can do at the plate, but he'll figure everything out and I think he'll be a great hitter."
Brandon Laird led all of professional baseball in RBI's for a good part of the first half of the season, and is still proving he is an RBI machine. The Yankees organization will have a tough time deciding what to do with Laird after the season, as he is due to go into the Rule 5 Draft if he is not placed on the 40-man roster. As you would expect, this does not bother Laird whatsoever.
"I don't think about that at all," Laird said. "I think as long as I keep putting together good at-bats and keep my numbers where they are I really think I can be successful…Whatever happens, happens, but I just don't think about it and go out there and perform to the best of my ability."
As Laird continues his breakthrough season with Scranton, he joins a host of other prospects such as Colin Curtis, Juan Miranda, Jesus Montero, Kevin Russo, Eduardo Nunez, and Greg Golson. He also joins a very impressive coaching staff led by Miley as well as hitting coach Butch Wynegar, who is in his fourth season as the hitting coach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
"[Wynegar] has worked with me a lot so far," Laird said. "He's just made sure I'm sticking with my approach and making sure I understand the pitchers at this level."
The pitching at the Triple-A level will prove to be a challenge for the rest of Laird's season, as they are already starting to pitch him differently. In his last few at-bats, Laird pointed out things were starting to change.
"They've started to put more pitches on the corners," said Laird. "Maybe the first time around they wanted to come right at me thinking I wasn't ready for it, but now the pitches are getting a lot harder to hit."
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