BROXTON, KEON

Position: Outfield

DOB: May 7, 1990

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 195

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Pirates (December 17, 2015)

Profile: Traded to Milwaukee from Pittsburgh along with pitcher Trey Supak in a December 2015 trade that sent Jason Rogers to the Pirates, Broxton was originally a third round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009. He spent his first five seasons in the Diamondbacks farm system, reaching Double-A Mobile in 2013. He went to spring training with Arizona in 2014 but was traded near the end of camp to Pittsburgh in exchange for cash. He spent 2014 at Double-A Altoona, then split 2015 between Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis before receiving a September call-up late in the year, making his big league debut with the Pirates. After being dealt to the Brewers, Broxton spent 2016 shuffling between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the big leagues. A two-sport athlete in high school, Broxton had an offer to play football at Florida Atlantic but opted to stick with baseball instead. Long and lean, Broxton is a fantastic athlete who is a plus defender in centerfield, covering large patches of ground and taking good routes to the ball. At the plate, he has shown the ability to generate some power with plus bat speed, though he struggles with breaking stuff at times, and saw his 2016 season come to an end with a wrist injury just as he was finding his groove in the big leagues, then put together inconsistent results in 2017 as well.

2009: After signing with the Diamondbacks following the draft, Broxton was sent to Missoula in the Pioneer League, where he turned in an impressive debut season. In 72 games, he had an OPS of .776 with 31 of his 67 hits going for extra bases. He racked up 11 doubles, nine triples and 11 home runs while scoring 38 runs and driving in 37.

2010: Broxton moved up to Low-A South Bend in 2010, appearing in 133 games for the Silver Hawks. Though he hit just .228, his full range of skills were on display as he collected 17 doubles and five home runs to go along with an incredible 19 triples.

2011: He opened 2011 back at South Bend, but quickly moved up to High-A Visalia after just 20 games. He played out the remainder of the season in the California League with the Rawhide, hitting .251 over 110 games.

2012: Broxton returned to Visalia in 2012 an wound up spending the whole season there. He showed improvements at the plate, batting .267 with a career high 19 home runs in 130 games. Broxton also stole 21 bases and scored 84 runs while seeing time at all three outfield spots.

2013: A broken finger kept Broxton out of action for the first month of the 2013 season, but upon his return, the Diamondbacks promoted him to Double-A Mobile. In 101 games with the BayBears, he hit .231 with eight home runs while driving in 41 runs.

2014: After going to spring training with Arizona in 2014, Broxton was dealt to the Pirates near the end of camp in exchange for cash considerations and joined Pittsburgh’s organization in late March. He was assigned to their Double-A team in Altoona and spent the entire season there, appearing in 127 games for the Curve. He piled up 112 hits, including 22 doubles, nine triples and 15 home runs with an OPS of .853.

2015: Despite his success in his first year in the Pirates organization, Pittsburgh decided to send Broxton back to Double-A Altoona to open up the 2015 season. He quickly forced their hand however, earning a promotion to Triple-A after hitting .302 in his first 45 games. Upon joining the Indianapolis Indians after his call-up, Broxton hit .256 with seven home runs in 88 games while also stealing 28 bases, earning him a September call to the big leagues. He made his major league debut on September 21st and played in seven games for the Pirates. With no available room in their outfield, the Pirates traded Broxton to Milwaukee in December in exchange for first baseman Jason Rogers.

2016: Broxton joined the Brewers and put together an impressive spring, landing a spot on Milwaukee’s opening day roster, but he was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs after appearing in just six games. He shuffled between Milwaukee and Colorado Springs over the next several months, dominating at the AAA level to the tune of a .924 OPS. After returning to Milwaukee in late July, things appeared to be starting to click for Broxton as he got more regular playing time before a fractured wrist suffered in a collision with the outfield wall at Wrigley Field cut his season short in September.

2017: Milwaukee’s starting center fielder to begin the season, Broxton had an up-and-down season with the Brewers, resulting in a brief demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He appeared in 143 games for the Brewers and hit just .220, but also managed to hit 20 home runs and steal 21 bases while playing exceptional defense.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2016 (#31)