A dark-horse option for Yankees 1st base is making a lot of noise

Mike Ford’s a Princeton man, so he’s smart enough to know the chances of a four-year college baseball player who went undrafted reaching the big leagues.

Yet since Sunday, the first baseman has resided one small (and large) step away from the Yankees.

Ford, 24 and from Belle Mead, N.J., was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after incumbent first baseman Ji-Man Choi went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Ford, who had been slashing .303/.412/.450 at Double-A Trenton, is now next in line for a call-up to the Yankees, who house Greg Bird (DL) and Chris Carter (batting .221 entering Friday) at first.

“Each level is definitely a step up,” said Ford, who capped his Princeton career by becoming the first ever to be named the Ivy League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, before signing with the Yankees in 2013. “The pitching is a…

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