Kansas City Royals: 3 stars from series win against Miami

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Kansas City Royals, Ryan McBroom
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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.

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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.