Mariners return Rule 5 pick Mike Ford to Yankees

Earlier today, it was announced that the Mariners returned Rule 5 draft pick Mike Ford to the Yankees. The first baseman was the 11th pick in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft and was one of four Yankees minor leaguers to be taken, along with pitchers Anyelo Gomez, Nestor Cortes, and Jose Mesa. Ford was optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This move comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Ford put up solid numbers during spring training this year. His slash line of .259/.385/.500 with two homers, 10 RBIs, 10 walks and seven doubles in 65 plate appearances is extremely serviceable. He also put up strong numbers in 2017, slashing .270/.404/.471 with 20 homers, 86 RBIs and a whopping 94 walks between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ford has always shown an incredible eye and his walk rate reflects that. However, with the emergence of Dan Vogelbach this spring (six homers, 1.385 OPS), and the return of newly acquired Ryon Healy from an injury, the Mariners just didn’t have a spot on their roster for Ford. 

It’s possible that we could see Ford in a Yankee uniform this season, as well. With Greg Bird’s latest injury as well as Tyler Austin’s injury history, Ford may be someone that the team could consider as a backup option later this season.

Article by: Alex Weir


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