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Mike Ford named 2019 Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders Player of the Year

Mike Ford (Matt Bufano)

We wrap up our Player of the Year voting with the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders. Throughout the regular season, the big league club made many call-ups from Triple-A to help improve the team and the winner of this poll was one of those players who made it to the Bronx.

First baseman Mike Ford ended up getting 50 percent of the vote, edging out outfielder Trey Amburgey, who got 34 percent of the vote.

Ford was called up to the New York Yankees on 3 different occasions and made an impact in the Bronx. In 50 games, he had a slash line of .259/.350/.559 with 7 doubles, 12 home runs, and 25 RBIs. In the International League, he was an All-Star that was a power threat everytime he got into the batter’s box.

While with the RailRiders, Ford appeared in 79 games and had a slash line of .303/.401/.605 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs. The 23 home runs were 8 more than his previous career-high of 15 that he had in 2018.

Amburgey did not get the call-up to New York this season. However, that didn’t stop the outfielder from having a career-year in Triple-A. In 124 games, Amburgey had a slash line of .274/.329/.494 with 22 home runs (career-high), 62 RBIs, and he was second on the team in hits with 129 (Ryan McBroom had 130 before being traded to the Royals).

In addition to the power, Amburgey saw his walk total go up from 22 in 2018 to 32 in 2019. The 32 walks were one off his career-high of 33 that he had with High-A Tampa in 2017.

The Yankees outfield situation is a little crowded, so Amburgey could be back in Scranton in 2020 if he is not traded during the winter. It would be his second season in Triple-A, but another strong season could also lead him into an opportunity with another team down the road if the Yankees don’t call him first.

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I am an alum of St. John's University, where I majored in sports management.

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