Ryan McBroom scouting report
Ryan McBroom, the Toronto Blue Jays‘ power hitting first baseman, will ultimately go as far as his power bat and raw pop can take him in the organization. The first baseman put up relatively big numbers in High-A in 2016, slugging 21 homers in the FSL and then another in Double-A after a short (nine-game) promotion there. That, then, is how he’ll continue to weave his way through the minors: if McBroom can hit the ball in the air, and hit it far, he’ll get a shot or two to play first base in the big leagues one day. After all, hitting more than 20 home runs in the Florida State League is no small achievement, and the reward McBroom received of heading to the Arizona Fall League in October, too, shows what the Jays think of him and his future within the organization.
McBroom’s pop is legit, as evidenced by the fact that he boasted two of the top ten hardest balls hit at the AFL in the month of October. Exit velocity is simply the end-product of what McBroom does; big leg kick, big swing, good bat speed, and when the bat gets on the ball, well, it can go a long way in the right conditions. Not surprisingly, that’s exactly what one might hope a first baseman of the future does, and while McBroom isn’t the Blue Jays’ top first base option in the minors (say hello, Rowdy Tellez), this West Virginia product makes for a pretty good second option at the position.
Ryan McBroom scouting report — what’s ahead in 2017
You can say this generally about every single player, and in regards to every single summer, but this actually will be a big year for McBroom ahead. He now must prove that his 2016 wasn’t a power mirage in the mid-minors, but instead a good summer upon which to build in Double-A and beyond. There are some concerns here; he strikes out a fair amount, he’s not the most patient at the plate, and he could stand to improve his approach there in both regards. The upper minors are littered with power hitting first basemen who have never quite put everything together enough to get a sustained shot at the big leagues, though, and that fortune could befall McBroom if he can’t cut some strikeouts, maintain and improve his power against Double-A pitching, and whether the Eastern League storm he’s about to see in 2017.