Following last Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline deal that sent Peter O'Brien to the D-backs in exchange for Martin Prado, the Yankees promoted Greg Bird to Double-A Trenton to take O'Brien's spot in the Thunder's lineup.
Bird was in familiar company on Tuesday when left-hander Jacob Lindgren, the Yankees' top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was also promoted from Class A Advanced Tampa.
On Wednesday, both Bird and Lindgren played big roles in Trenton's 7-3 victory over Altoona.
Bird, the Yankees' No. 12 prospect, according to MLB.com, homered twice in the victory, giving him three home runs in two days. He finished 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs.
Lindgren, the club's No. 9 prospect, made his Double-A debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief and picking up the victory. He struck out the side and held Altoona to one hit and zero walks. He threw 20 pitches.
After hitting 20 home runs last season at Class A Charleston, Bird missed all of April due to a back injury. Once he got back on the field for Tampa, he started slowly, but he was hitting .277/.375/.442 with seven home runs in 75 games when he was promoted.
The Yankees didn't have a first-round selection in this year's Draft due to their free-agent signings. When they did pick for the first time -- at No. 55 overall -- the club chose Lindgren, a reliever from Mississippi State. He debuted in the Gulf Coast League on June 28 and blew through the lower levels of the Minor Leagues, striking out 30 batters in 13 1/3 innings between three levels before his latest promotion. He has allowed just two runs (one earned) as a professional.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.