Yankees interview: First baseman Ryan McBroom


Given the amount of talent that the Yankees have at their disposal, it isn’t shocking to see major league ready players like Clint Frazier, Mike Ford and Mike Tauchman, being shuttled between the Bronx to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Recently, we had a chance to talk to Ryan McBroom about his journey.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who returned to action during last weekend’s series in Toronto, rehabbed in Scranton this week with the RailRiders after his second stint on the injured list during 2019.

Sanchez joined a lineup that includes Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade and Ryan McBroom; McBroom being the only one of the four that has yet to see big league action in his young career.

Growing up in Fredericksburg, Virginia — McBroom grew up a Yankees fan with his mother, Mary, being from Brooklyn.

On July 23, 2017, McBroom would get the opportunity to play for the organization that he rooted for as a child, as the, then, 25-year old slugger was traded to the Yankees from the Blue Jays in exchange for utility man, Rob Refsynder.

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“We were actually in Trenton that week, so all I had to do was switch clubhouses at Arm & Hammer Stadium,” said McBroom, before Wednesday night’s showdown with the Charlotte Knights.

In 97 games during his 2019 campaign, McBroom is hitting well over .300 with 19 long balls and 48 runs batted in, slashing .323/.401/.536 for the RailRiders, who currently sit in first place in their division.

Before the RailRiders took on the Knights at PNC Field in Scranton on Wednesday, August 7th, I got the chance to get to know McBroom a little bit and about his desire to get the call up to the Bronx:

Yankees prospect Ryan McBroom, in his own words

Jack O’Hara: What’s the mentality going to be when you finally get that call up to the big leagues for the first time in your career?

Ryan McBroom: I mean it hasn’t happened yet for me, but I’m sure it’s what you’ve been working for your whole life, and it’s definitely going to be a blessing.

Jack O’Hara: What’s the day-to-day diet routine like? Is their specific plans you have in Scranton or are you on your own when it comes to food?

Ryan McBroom: I eat better when we’re in Scranton. I’m able to to cook breakfast at home, but on the road, it’s kind of whatever you can get like McDonald’s or Burger King.

Jack O’Hara: With Gary [Sanchez] down here rehabbing and Aaron [Judge] last month, do the big leaguers mentor you guys and give advice?

Ryan McBroom: Absolutely. All down to Earth guys, always giving us tips, whether it’s on the field or off. Tips on what to eat and how to train our bodies, it’s just great to have them around.

Jack O’Hara: If you could put Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, C.C. Sabathia and Luke Voit in a WWE Royal Rumble match, who would you have winning and why?

Ryan McBroom: They’re all monsters, bro! If I had to choose one, I’d probably have to go with Stanton, because he’s more of the shredded type of monster.

Jack O’Hara: Given that you grew up a Yankees fan in Virginia, what would you say was your most memorable moment as a fan?

Ryan McBroom: The coolest moment for me is when my cousin took me to All-Star week in 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium. Josh Hamilton was hitting homeruns off the back of the stadium, that was unreal!

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With Mike Ford in the big leagues at the moment, and Luke Voit currently dealing with a sports hernia injury, McBroom has first base all to himself at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-handed slugger looks to continue to impress as September 1 looms and major league rosters expanding to 40 during the final stretch of the regular season.