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New York Yankees: Patience Part 3 (of 6): Brandon Laird

you in the market for a 27th round draft pick with a good baseball eye and a propensity to hit home runs?  The Yankees decided the answer was yes with the 884th pick of the 2007 MLB amateur draft.

Brandon Laird, a 6'1", 215 pound right-handed hitter and the brother of Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, was a star at La Quinta High School in Westminster, CA.  As a varsity shortstop in 2004 and 2005, he hit .545 with eight home runs in 124 at bats (one home run every 15.5 ABs).  As a bonus, Laird pitched to a 1.91 ERA, 12 wins, six complete games, and 124 strikeouts in only 88 innings pitched.  He was named First-Team All-League, First-Team All-CIF, Second-Team All-American, and League MVP in his high school career.

Laird was ...

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