With 11 days to go before Opening Day, one of the competitions in camp has officially been decided.
Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, manager Joe Girardi announced Greg Bird would be the starting first baseman for the 2017 season. Girardi said Bird was better than he expected this Spring, although it was clear Bird was the immediate front runner once Tyler Austin suffered an injury before camp.
As for the right field job between Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks, Girardi said right now the competition is too close to call. Girardi said both Judge and Hicks have had good Springs, which is true on both fronts.
Another competition that hasn’t been filled is the starting rotation competition. As of right now, the frontrunner would be Bryan Mitchell but Jordan Montgomery had emerged as a dark horse in the competition after pitching during the Spring Training no-hitter with Masahiro Tanaka and Chasen Shreve. Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Adam Warren and Chad Green are also in competition for a rotation spot.