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[Photos] From NDFA to MLB Player – Mike Ford’s Ascent Through the Minors



Mike Ford made his professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees after signing his contract in the SI Yanks front office. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford’s first number as a professional was 55. He wore it in 2013 with the Staten Island Yankees. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford was all smiles when he moved up to the Tampa Yankees in 2014. (Bryan Green)
Mike Ford hit .260/.346/.368 in 123 games for the Tampa Yankees in 2015 (Bryan Green)
Ford opened the 2016 season with the Tampa Yankees again but did not stay there long. (Tom Hagerty)
Mike Ford had a brief rehab stint with the Staten Island Yankees in 2016. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford was with Staten Island for just a few games before returning to his regular assigned affiliate. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford was promoted to the Trenton Thunder in July 2016. (Martin Griff)
Trenton Thunder’s Mike Ford before a game against the Portland Sea Dogs at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Martin Griff)
Mike Ford during minor league spring training in 2017. (Cheryl Pursell)
Mike Ford is interviewed in the visitors’ clubhouse at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (Martin Griff)
Mike Ford with the Trenton Thunder in 2017 (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Trenton Thunder Manager Bobby Mitchell greets Mike Ford as Ford rounds the bases after hitting a home run to right field against the Hartford Yard Goats in Trenton on Wednesday, June 07, 2017. (Martin Griff)
The Trenton Thunder’s Mike Ford, wearing a Derby bat dog shirt, on deck against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, while the real Derby waits to retrieve a bat in Trenton on June 26, 2017. (Martin Griff)
Mike Ford was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2017 Rule 5 draft and spent all of spring training with them in Arizona. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Mike Ford was returned to the Yankees and was assigned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for the 2018 season. (Matt Bufano)
Mike Ford spent most of the season with the RailRiders (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images via AP Images)
An oblique injury took him out of action for a little while and he went back to Staten Island for a rehab assignment in 2018 (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford chats with a fan pre-game during his rehab with the Staten Island Yankees in 2018. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford returned to the RailRiders in July 2018 (Photo by Martin Griff)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ Mike Ford at home against the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Martin Griff)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ Mike Ford at home against the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Photo by Martin Griff)
Mike Ford had some time in big league camp with the Yankees but also returned to the Himes complex for minor league spring training (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Mike Ford got off to a hot start for the RailRiders in 2019 and forced himself into the major league picture. (Matt Bufano)


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