Michael Ford…earned his high school diploma from the Hun School (Princeton, NJ)…played three seasons at Princeton University (2011-13), where he was a two-way player…as a junior in 2013, won both the Ivy League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year Awards, becoming the first player in Ivy League history to win both awards in the same season…in 2013, was also a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award.
Spent the season with three different organizations: New York-AL, Tampa Bay, and Washington...played the majority of the season at the Triple-A level, batting .213 (57x268) with 35 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 44 RBI, one stolen base and 35 walks in 76 games...appeared in 22 Major League games with the Yankees, slashing .133/.278/.283 over 72 plate appearances...began the season with New York-AL and was traded to the Rays in exchange for a PTBNL and cash on June 17...claimed off waivers by the Nationals on Aug. 23.
Hit .135 (10-for-74) with 5 R, 4 doubles, 2 HR and 11 RBI in 29 games in his only stint with the Yankees (7/23-9/15)...Made his first career Opening Day roster...Hit a two-run double in the third inning and an RBI double in the seventh on 8/11 vs. Atlanta (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBI)…was his third straight start with at least 1RBI (6 RBI total over the span)…marked his third career game with at least 3RBI (also 3 RBI on 8/26/19 at Seattle and 4RBI on 9/27/19 at Texas)...Drove in three of the Yankees’ 4 R on 8/16 vs. Boston (2-for-4, 1R, 1 HR, 3 RBI), hitting a two-run HR in the third inning and collecting his second multi-hit game of the season…was hitless in his last 10AB entering the game… the homer traveled an estimated 421 feet…according to Statcast, was his third career homer hit at least 420 feet...Went hitless over his final 20 AB before being optioned to the Alternate Site on 9/15...Saw his first postseason action, going 0-for-2 in three games…made his postseason debut in AL Wild Card Series Game 2 at Cleveland, entering as an eighth-inning defensive replacement at 1B (did not bat)…had his first postseason at-bat as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter in ALDS Game 3 vs. Tampa Bay at Petco Park (0-for-1).
Saw his first Major League action, batting .259/.350/.559 (37-for-143) with 30R, 7 doubles, 12HR, 25RBI and 17BB in 50 games over three stints with the Yankees (4/16-5/3, 7/2-5, 8/3-9/29)...made 24 starts at 1B and 12 starts at DH...hit .333/.389/1.000 (11-for-33) with 1 double, 7HR and 3BB vs. left-handed pitchers...was 5-for-11 with 1 double, 2HR and 3RBI as a pinch-hitter, the most pinch-hits by a Yankee since Ichiro Suzuki (6-for-13) in 2014...Reached safely in each of his first 14 career games with a plate appearance from 4/18-8/6, tied with Jesse Hill (14G in 1935) for the third-longest career-opening on-base streak in Yankees history, behind Truck Hannah (38G in 1918) and George Selkirk (17G in 1934)...was the Majors' longest such streak since the Yankees/Toronto's Billy McKinney reached in his first 19G from 3/30-9/9/18...Made his Major League debut on 4/18 vs. Kansas City, starting at DH (0-for-3, 1BB)...born in Belle Mead, N.J., is the first New Jersey-born player to make his Major League debut for the Yankees since LHP Steve Garrison (Trenton) on 7/25/11 vs. Seattle and the first position player since SS Derek Jeter (Pequannock) on 5/29/95 at Seattle...Collected his first career hit with a second-inning double on 4/21 vs. Kansas City...is just the third New Jersey native since 1991 have collected a hit for the Yankees: Jeter (3,465H, 1995-2014) and INF Todd Frazier (43H, 2017)...Hit his first Major League HR in the fifth inning on 4/23 at Los Angeles-AL (two-run HR off Stratton)...Tossed the game's final 2.0 innings (6H, 5ER, 1K, 2HR) on 8/15 vs. Cleveland, becoming the second Yankees position player to pitch in 2019 (also Austin Romine on 7/25 at Boston)...was his first professional pitching appearance at any level...struck out Roberto Pérez to end the ninth...Homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career on 8/25 at Los Angeles-NL and 8/26 at Seattle...recorded his first career multi-HR game on 8/26 at Seattle...Hit .371/.426/.839 (23-for-62) with 14R, 5 doubles, 8HR, 17RBI and 6BB over his final 24 games (from 8/21-9/29)...Hit his first career "walk-off" home run on 9/1 vs. Oakland...was his first career pinch-hit HR...was the first rookie in Yankees history to hit a pinch-hit "walk-off" home run (credit: STATS)...was the sixth pinch-hit, "walk-off" HR in the Majors in 2019, and first by a Yankee since Neil Walker on 8/28/18 vs. Chicago-AL (off Dylan Covey)...Hit .303/.401/.605 (89-for-294) with 59R, 20 doubles, 23HR and 60RBI in 79 games with Triple-A Scranton/WilkesBarre and was tabbed an International Mid-Season All-Star...was named IL "Player of the Week" for 6/24-30, batting .414 (12-for-29) with 7R, 5 doubles, 3HR, 10RBI and 7BB in eight games.
Spent spring training in Major League camp with Seattle before being returned to the Yankees as a Rule 5 Draft selection on 3/24… played most of the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .253/.327/.433 (93-for-367) with 48R, 21 doubles, 15HR, 52RBI and 37BB in 102 games… also hit .211 (4-for-19) with 2R, 1 double, 1HR and 2RBI in six games with short-season Single-A Staten Island.
The Totals - Combined to hit .270 (116x429) with 80 runs, 24 doubles, 1 triple, 20 home runs, 86 RBI, 94 walks, a .404 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging mark in 126 games between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization... Leaderboard - Among all minor leaguers, ranked T3rd in walks (94)... Trenton Time - Began the season with AA Trenton, where he hit .272 (91x335) with 61 runs, 19 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 65 RBI, 76 walks and a .410 on-base percentage in 101 games... The Electric City - Appeared in 25 games over two stints (5/14-23 and 7/5-8/1) with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .266 (25x94) with 19 runs, 5 doubles, 7 home runs and 21 RBI.
Appeared with advanced-A Tampa, short-A Staten Island and AA Trenton…hit .371 (13x35) with 3 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs and 14 RBI in 10 games with Tampa…played in 4 games with Staten Island, going 2-for-12 (.167) with 2 runs, 1 double, 1 home run and 3 RBI…spent the majority of the season with Trenton, where he hit .280 (40x143) with 21 runs, 10 doubles, 5 home runs and 26 RBI in 42 games.
In 123 games with advanced-A Tampa, hit .260 (113x435) with 62 runs, 23 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 55 RBI, 60 walks…named a FSL Mid-Season All-Star.
Split the season between A Charleston and advanced-A Tampa…began the season with Charleston, where he hit .283 (92x325) with 40 runs, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs, 46 RBI and 48 walks in 93 games…named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star…hit 4 home runs on May 25 at Hickory; becoming the 3rd player in South Atlantic League history to hit 4 home runs in a game…promoted to Tampa on Aug. 19, where he appeared in 12 games, batting .354 (17x48) with 7 runs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI.
Began his professional career with short-A Staten Island, where he hit .235 (27x115) with 19 runs, 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 17 RBI in 33 games.