Keon Broxton opened the season 0-for-16 and was unceremoniously demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where many Brewers fans forgot about him. But Broxton proceeded to decimate minor league pitching and earn his way back to Milwaukee for a very productive end of the season. From his callup in late May through the end of the season, Broxton mashed nine home runs and stole 21 bases in just 69 games. He also struck out an absurd 77 times, a 36.3 percent rate that will make it difficult for him to maintain even the .262 batting average he produced after his promotion. Still, with his ability to hit for power and run wild on opposing defenses, Broxton is too enticing to write off.
Broxton (wrist) feels fine and is back in the Brewers' lineup Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. He is back, as expected, after hurting his right wrist over the weekend. Broxton has been one of the stars of Cactus League play, hitting .395 with a 1.226 OPS, three home runs and two steals in 38 at-bats. He will open the season as the Brewers' everyday center fielder.
Broxton (wrist) is expected to return to Cactus League action Tuesday against the Dodgers, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. After hurting his right wrist Friday, Broxton has been held out of action the last two days, but the Brewers aren't concerned that he's dealing with anything especially serious. Assuming Broxton incurs no setbacks heading into Tuesday, he'll likely start in center field and bat leadoff, which should be his regular spot in the order once the regular season arrives.
Broxton left Friday's spring game with discomfort in his right wrist, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. It's the same wrist Broxton fractured in a collision with the outfield wall last September, but the 26-year-old said this latest issue is considered minor. Broxton went 1-for-2 prior to exiting Friday's game, raising his spring average to .395. He's hit three homers while striking out 13 times in 45 Cactus League plate appearances.
Broxton will be in line to bat at or near the top of the order for the Brewers if he can get going, manager Craig Counsell told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Broxton's combination of on-base ability and speed screams top of the lineup. The main question is whether or not Broxton or Jonathan Villar, who stole 62 bases and posted a .369 OBP in 2016, should bat leadoff. Broxton mashed nine home runs in just 75 games last year, so his ability might actually be maximized in the second spot where he can capitalize on the walks and singles provided by Villar. Either way, the additional plate appearances Broxton would receive at the top of the order would do wonders for his fantasy value.
Broxton said Saturday that his broken wrist has healed and he is good to go for spring training, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. The center fielder said it took longer than expected for his wrist to fully heal, but he is good to go now. Broxton is a tricky player to evaluate for this season, as he rode a .373 BABIP to a .242/.354/.430 slash line with nine home runs and 23 steals over 244 plate appearances in his first run with an everyday job in the majors. His average exit velocity supports a high BABIP and his speed is definitely legit, but a 25.7 percent HR/FB rate should be difficult to sustain.