Yankees gave up on something special

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After being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, Ryan McBroom was shipped to the Yankees three years later.During his time with the Yankees organization, McBroom was hitting home runs left and right. Unfortunately for McBroom, he was never able to make it to the majors with the Yankees. It’s hard to see why he wouldn’t. My guess is that the Yankees were loaded with first basemen at the major league level. Remember, McBroom can play some outfield too. The Yankees could have used him there, but they didn’t.  At the time when the Royals made a trade with the Yankees for McBroom , the media considered it to be a minor trade. The way McBroom is playing, I don’t think this looks like a minor trade at all. During McBroom’s time with the Royals, he has played a platoon role at first base with Ryan O’Hearn and has played some outfield. With McBroom being 28 years of age, I wouldn’t consider him a young player; but since 2020 is his first year in the majors, he still has the rookie contract attached to him. According to Royals beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals have multiple years of team control. That’s great news for the Royals who have multiple players that are eligible for contract extensions in Jorge Soler, Hunter Dozier and many others. With the 2020 season being shortened due to the coronavirus, that hurts McBroom’s development and playing time at first; but in his 16 games so far with the Royals in 2020, he has hit three home runs and five RBI’s. While McBroom and O’Hearn have split playing time at first base, I believe McBroom has had a better season. This could be because O’Hearn missed a few games due to testing positive for coronavirus. Last season, O’Hearn hit 14 home runs but batted a horrific .195. Now in 2020, he has hit .255.  I believe with the way McBroom has been playing this season, he could be in line for the starting role at first base in 2021. However, there’s a pretty good chance that McBroom is only part of the short-term plan with Nick Pratto being the Royals top first basemen prospect. But in 2019, Pratto was with the Royals High-A team, so he has a while to go before he hits the big leagues. But with how the coronavirus affected the minor league season, this will delay Pratto’s development and could keep McBroom or O’Hearn with the Royals longer than a lot of us expected. Regardless of what happens I believe the Royals found a gem in McBroom.

 

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Author: Connor Miller

I am a huge baseball fan, mainly Royals. I love writing baseball articles. I have been a Royals fan since birth. I am hoping to become a sports journalist someday.

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