During the Blue Jays game a tweet from the Kyle Franko who covers the Yankees AA team announced that the Yankees have acquired Ryan McBroom. It was later announced the Jays acquired Rob Refsnyder from the Yankees.
#Yankees acquire minor league infielder Ryan McBroom from Jays. He'll switch clubhouses today since NH are at Thunder— Kyle Franko (@kj_franko) July 23, 2017
Trade news: We've acquired INF Rob Refsnyder from the Yankees in exchange for 1B Ryan McBroom. Refsnyder will report to the @BuffaloBisons. pic.twitter.com/G1vODNMeDI— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 23, 2017
Refsnyder was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB draft, and was once one of the Yankees best prospects. Refsnyder is a utility man who has spent time with the Yankees this season playing in 20 games, and batting .135 with a .216 slugging percentage. For his MLB career however, Refsnyder has a .241 batting average with two home runs and 17 RBI’s. Refsnyder is 26 who is viewed as being a good fielder and having an average to above average bat.
Refsnyder will report to AAA Buffalo where he will play all over the field.
For McBroom he was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 15th round back in 2014 and have slowly made his way up to AA. McBroom was playing with New Hampshire Fisher Cats in AA, where he was hitting .243 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI’s. McBroom is a first baseman who has a very good bat, and was ranked as the Jays 28th best prospect before the season.
McBroom was the Fisher Cats cleanup hitter just showing how good his bat is. However McBroom at 24 was blocked at first base with Smoak and Morales at the MLB level and Rowdy Tellez at AAA.
The trade does make sense for both teams as the Yankees desperately need first base depth, as it has been a black hole throughout the organization. For the Jays they acquire a utility man who can help out in September and compete for a roster spot next season.
Note: I also interviewed McBroom before the season started which you can find here. https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2017/1/11/14226276/interview-with-blue-jays-prospect-ryan-mcbroom