Brandon Laird, 23, began last season with Double-A Trenton and was named the Eastern League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year after batting .291 with 23 homers and 90 RBI in 107 games.
Laird, a third baseman, was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 2, where he had some difficulty in last season’s final 31 games, hitting .246 with two homers and 12 RBIs. After hitting .115 in 19 spring training games with the Yankees, Laird’s numbers so far in Scranton have been a bit better: He entered last night hitting .268 with nine homers and 41 RBIs.
For Laird, whose brother Gerald is a catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, much of his difficulty this season occurred early on, but he has played better of late. Entering yesterday, Laird was hitting .289 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.