When discussing the prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the one area that seems to be on the thin side is the outfield. Keon Broxton would like to change that perception. Broxton, the organization’s third round pick in 2009 from Santa Fe Community College in Gainseville, Florida has progressed slowly through the Minor League system. He is currently playing in the Australian Baseball League in an effort to rise further within the organization.
The 6 foot 3, 195 pound Broxton possess good speed and decent power. In addition to baseball, he was a football standout at Lakeland Senior High School and came close to playing the sport at Florida Atlantic University. Instead, he went to Santa Fe and improved his baseball stock, choosing to concentrate on only one sport. In 2010, he led all of Minor League Baseball in triples with 19 while playing at Single A South Bend and enjoyed an excellent 2012 at High Class A Visilia with 19 home runs, 67 RBI’s, 21 stolen bases and a line of .267/.326/.437. The 23-year old Broxton struggled at Double A Mobile in 2013 with a line of .231/.296/.359 with eight homers and 41 RBI’s in 101 games. In Australia, he is second on the Blue Sox in RBI’s with 15 and second in stolen bases with 11 for second place Sydney.
While it is unlikely that Broxton will return Down Under in two months as a member of the Major League roster, he is definitely someone to watch. Baseball America has named him “Best Athlete” in the D’backs’ system three times. Broxton appears to be a late-bloomer and someone who can crack the Arizona outfield rotation in two years.