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Pirates Trade For Minor League Outfielder Keon Broxton

The Pirates have acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to be named. Broxton will begin the season with the Altoona Curve. He spent the 2013 season in Double-A, hitting for a .231/.296/.359 line in 334 at-bats.  Broxton was a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft, but looks to be more of an organizational player at this point. He turns 24 in May, and was likely brought in to serve as a bench player in Altoona.

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  • glassers

    Depth?

    • stickyweb

      Looks like it. The minor league stats aren’t all that impressive. Some speed and power though, not much hit skill.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Not the trade with the D-Backs I was expecting but depth is depth

  • impliedi

    If it’s any consolation, Baseball America listed Broxton as the “Best Athlete” in the Diamondbacks organization last year.

    For comparison, BA listed Polanco as the Best Athlete in the Pirates org (both last year and this year.)

    I know, that doesn’t mean much.

    • stickyweb

      He was decent repeating High A as a 22 year old, but didn’t show much at AA last year. It’s possible he develops into something, but he’s behind the age curve so far. It certainly never hurts to be athletic though.

  • wkkortas

    If nothing else, it’s an upgrade to Altoona’s 4 x 100 relay team.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Just reading about his size, speed, athleticism, and being very raw and inconsistent – he kind of sounds like Mel Rojas, Jr. Is that a valid comparison in terms of similar skill set? Now, as far as player to be named later, any predictions on what level of prospect that is likely to be? I wonder if a guy like Phil Irwin would be someone Arizona may be interested in – since they need SP.

    • wkkortas

      I think Phil Irwin is a lot for a guy who is likely an organizational body at this stage of his career.

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