MESA, Arizona —— Above, watch Toronto Blue Jays first base/designated hitter prospect Ryan McBroom bat during the Arizona Fall League in October of 2016 for the Mesa Solar Sox. McBroom, a first baseman by trade and an alum of West Virginia University, has slid into the back-end of many Blue Jays prospect lists across minor league baseball thanks to a surprising power surge in the summer of 2016 despite playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays in the always pitcher-friendly Florida State League.
In 128 games with Dunedin, McBroom slugged 21 home runs, 26 doubles, and knocked in 83 runs — and even showed off a bit of athleticism by stealing 10 bases. He went on to slash .266/.318/.455/.772 between Dunedin and a nine-game stint he was given in Double-A during the year with the Eastern League‘s New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Great bat speed translates into wonderful exit velocities for McBroom, and the first basemen showed off some of the hardest hit balls in the AFL during his limited time in Arizona there back in 2016.
He’ll need to develop some patience at the plate, and he strikes out a fair amount (as you’d expect from a power hitter). Further, he’s relatively old for his level at this point in his career. All that said, there’s a lot to like about a guy like Ryan McBroom, who could turn into a halfway decent first baseman with an above-average glove and a power-heavy bat, mixing it up between there, a designated hitter role, and maybe even some corner outfield work.