2. Ryan McBroom
What a story Ryan McBroom is becoming. The Royals have given Ryan O’Hearn every chance to win over the first baseman job but the team made a trade on August 31 to acquire McBroom, so they are obviously trying to get a look at other talent long-term.
McBroom, 27, slashed 0.315/0.402/0.574 with Triple-A Scranton when he was still with the Yankees organization. He also displayed a tremendous amount of power, launching 26 home runs and 66 RBI’s so the trade was an extremely low-risk, high-reward for the Royals.
He’s played in 5 games thus far and is slashed 0.375/0.444/0.500 with 4 RBI’s. His big hit came on Saturday night after Alex Gordon took a bases-loaded walk in the top half of the 7th inning to give the Royals a 3-1 lead. McBroom lined a bases-clearing double down the right-field line to make it a 6-1 lead and that was more than enough to secure the series win for the team.
I can only assume that the Royals will give him a lot of playing time this month as he can also play the outfield when O’Hearn needs his playing time.
McBroom is due to struggle at some point and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts back once the league figures him out. I could see the Royals giving him a minor league deal this offseason and every chance to win a permanent roster spot in Spring Training.