MESA, Arizona —— Above, you can watch the second part of Toronto Blue Jays first base/designated hitter prospect Ryan McBroom take a few dozen at-bats during the Arizona Fall League in October of 2016 for the Mesa Solar Sox. McBroom, who spent most of 2016 playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, is an interesting fringe prospect that shows off some decent power and could factor into the Blue Jays’ future moving forward from here.
In 128 games with Dunedin and nine more with the Eastern League‘s New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2016, McBroom slashed .266/.318/.455/.772 with 22 home runs, 26 doubles, and 85 runs driven in. The prospect has very good bat speed, and even though he generally deals with strikeouts (as you’d expect from a power hitter), he has enough potential to get the barrel on the ball consistently where he could impact the Blue Jays’ big league lineup one day in 2018 or later.
A smooth first baseman, McBroom likely isn’t to be a big league star moving ahead in his career, but there’s little question here that he’ll have some sort of impact in the big leagues if he can translate 2016’s raw, impressive power into a slightly more refined approach at the plate in 2017 and 2018.
That, as is always the case for so many young players across all the levels of minor league baseball, will remain a big “if.”