MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 3, 2019) – Former West Virginia University first baseman Ryan McBroom has been called up to the Major Leagues by the Kansas City Royals, the club announced on Tuesday.
McBroom is making his first career appearance on an MLB roster. A Mountaineer from 2011-14, the Fredericksburg, Virginia, native led the International League (AAA) with a .976 OPS in 117 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season. He also tallied a career-best 26 home runs and 66 RBI, while hitting .315 at the Triple-A level in 2019, earning All-Star honors.
On Aug. 31, the New York Yankees traded McBroom to the Kansas City Royals for future considerations.
McBroom was originally drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. In 697 career minor-league games, he has registered 102 homers, 430 RBI, 164 doubles, 375 runs scored and 20 stolen bases, to go along with a career .288 average.
McBroom will become the 25th player in Mountaineer history to play in the Majors upon his Royals debut. Additionally, he’s the fifth Mountaineer to earn a spot on an MLB roster this season, joining All-Star left-handed pitcher John Means (Baltimore Orioles), as well as right-handed pitcher David Carpenter (Texas Rangers), infielder Jedd Gyorko (St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers) and left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave (Colorado Rockies).
A two-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection, McBroom started 201 of 213 career games at West Virginia. He finished his career in Morgantown with a .294 batting average, while clubbing 29 home runs, 162 RBI and 225 total hits. In the field, McBroom also shined, earning a four-year .992 fielding percentage.
Additionally, McBroom led WVU in home runs and runs batted in for three consecutive seasons from 2012-14.
Kansas City opens three-game homestand with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday evening.
Press Release: WVU Athletics Communications
Photo Credit: Big 12 Sports