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McBroom Goes McBoom for First Major League Home Run

Cody Nespor

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Former Mountaineer first baseman Ryan McBroom hit an important career milestone last night, hitting his first career major league home run against the Chicago White Sox.

McBroom’s blast came in the bottom of the sixth inning off of Chicago starter Dallas Keuchel and cut the White Sox lead to 3-2. The Royals would go on to lose by that score. McBroom finished 2-4 with the home run and a double.

After being drafted in 15th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Blue Jays, McBroom finally made his MLB debut with the Royals in 2019. McBroom was hitting .315 with 26 home runs for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2019 before the Royals purchased his contract from the Yankees. Finally in the majors, McBroom hit .293 with six RBI in 23 games with the Royals last season.

This year McBroom is hitting .235 with the home run and two RBI in six games. He was one of six former Mountaineers to make MLB teams’ 60-player pools for this shortened season.

McBroom hit .289 with 20 career home runs in two seasons with WVU in 2013-14. He was drafted after each of his two college seasons, in the 36th round in 2013 and finally signing with the Blue Jays after 2014.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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