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Yankees Acquire First Base Prospect Ryan McBroom

Photos by Tony Capobianco

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats concluded their latest road trip with a win over the Trenton Thunder. When the team took their bus ride back to Manchester, only one player was left behind.

Before Sunday’s game between the Fisher Cats and the Thunder, Ryan McBroom was traded to the New York Yankees’ organization from the Toronto Blue Jays for utility infielder Robert Refsnyder. As fate would have it, their two Double-A affiliates were in the middle of a weekend series when the trade went down.

McBroom started the day in the visiting clubhouse and once the news became reality, McBroom said his goodbyes to his beloved former teammates and was ceremoniously sent on his way down the hall to his new locker room.

While it may have been sad for him to leave a group of teammates that he spent his entire professional career with and created close bonds with, but if it was going to happen, at least it was to enter the farm system of his favorite team growing up.

“It’s sad to leave those guys over there because I’ve basically grown up playing with them,” McBroom told the Trentonian. “But it’s cool to be over here to get this new opportunity, so I’m excited.”

McBroom is a power hitting prospect who has hit 12 home runs for the Fisher Cats this season. He surpassed the 20 home run mark for the first time in his professional baseball career last year for Single-A Dunedin in the Florida State League. His 22 home runs in 2016 were only one less than the combined amount of his previous two Single-A seasons. He hit 12 at Lansing in 2015 and 11 at Vancouver in 2014.

Back in April, McBroom called the Fisher Cats “the best team he’s ever played on.” Despite having a third of the Blue Jays’ Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, the Fisher Cats spent the entire season in last place in the Eastern League East Division.

The Thunder, on the other hand, is on top of the East Division with an 11.5 game lead. With a little over a month left in the season, the Thunder’s path to the Eastern League playoffs is almost assured.

McBroom enters an organization that is rich in prospects but lacking in first base. The Yankees have only one first baseman among their Top 30 and their current first baseman, Greg Bird, continues to struggle through injuries.

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