September 3 - Ryan McBroom was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday and he was added earlier today to the Royals’ 40-man roster. He could make his Major League debut tonight against the Detroit Tigers.
McBroom, 27, was dealt for international cash considerations after hitting .315 with a .402 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 26 home runs and 66 RBI in 117 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre this season. The former Courtland and West Virginia University standout is a four-time minor league All-Star, including this year in the International League.
While the Major League trade deadline was on July 31, minor league players are eligible to be traded at any point during the season.
“In my opinion, he’s the MVP of this league,” Scranton/Wilkes Barre manager Jay Bell told the Press Enterprise. “He’s done a phenomenal job. We’re in the position we’re in because of Ryan McBroom. I’m really, really happy that he gets the opportunity to go to Kansas City and go to the big leagues.”
It’s the second time the first baseman has been traded since he was taken by the Blue Jays in the 15th round in 2014. He was acquired by New York in July 2017 in a deal that sent Rob Refsnyder to Toronto. McBroom is tied for seventh all-time in homers (29) and ranks sixth in RBI (162) at West Virginia.
Kansas City begins a three-game home series with Detroit tonight.
Photo of Ryan McBroom courtesy of MiLB.com