The Arizona Diamondbacks made a trade late in the week. It wasn’t one of their shortstops as we are still waiting as to who will be named the starter. Minor League outfielder Keon Broxton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the every-popular player to be named later. It marks the end of a five-year Minor League career Broxton had with the organization after being taken in the third round of the 2009 draft.
Despite having tantalizing athleticism, the 23-year old Broxton never played above Double A ball. His best season came in 2012 with High Class A Visalia when he hit 19 home runs and drove in 62 runs with a slash line of ..267/.326/.437. He switched to a corner outfield position in 2013 and slumped to a .231/.296/.359 line with only eight homers and 41 RBI’s at Mobile. This past offseason, Broxton played in the Australian Baseball League where his numbers did not improve much. In 147 at-bats with the Sydney Blue Sox, his line was .231/.313/.333 with two homers and 15 RBI’s. The D’backs, short a little bit on outfield prospects, must have finally had enough waiting around for Broxton translate his athletic skills into a consistent baseball players.
Interestingly, the Pirates are one of the teams that have talked to the Snakes about a shortstop. Could this deal be the precursor to bigger things?