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Prospect Highlights: Homer By Willy Garcia, Keon Broxton Steals Home

Willy Garcia hit his 15th homer of the season on Thursday, which leaves him one behind JaCoby Jones for the most among Pirates minor leaguers. Garcia is on an impressive 11-game hit streak that has seen him raise his average to .273 and get his OPS up to the .800 mark. What makes the streak even more impressive is that he is still having his strikeout/plate patience issues. During the streak he has just one walk and 12 strikeouts. On the year, he has 14 walks and 117 strikeouts, which is the highest total among Pirates players and those strikeouts were amassed in just 344 at-bats.

That 14/117 ratio and his 32% strikeout rate are numbers that suggest that he’s been “luckier” this year. His BABIP is .366 this season, well above his career average of .332 which includes this year in it. It’s also the highest total on the Curve, besting Elias Diaz by 15 points despite the fact Diaz has a batting average 38 points higher. That points to unsustainable batting numbers for Garcia, who has seen his walks drop and strikeout rate get worse every year. The important thing to remember is that he doesn’t turn 22 until next month and he’s in AA. He also adds value defensively and on the bases, so he isn’t a one-dimensional power hitter.

On Wednesday, Keon Broxton stole home plate. It was his 17th stolen base of the year in 21 attempts. Broxton has 11 homers and is one of three Pirates minor league players with double-digits in homers and steals this year. Shortstops Alen Hanson and JaCoby Jones are the others.

We also have a couple recent defensive players from Jaff Decker. First is this nice catch from yesterday.

And then this throw from a couple days ago to cut down a run at the plate. The pitcher here is Gerrit Cole.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • freddylang

    If Garcia even develops mediocre plate discipline he will hit 30 HR a year. He’s not even close to that yet. He is a bizarre player to review stats on…a lot of good things and a lot of red flags.

  • enrique romo

    Can one of you better students of the game give me some insight on Broxton? I happened to see him play this year and was surprised at the athletic skills but….he got fooled alot on offspeed stuff. Does he have a future with us?

  • leowalter

    Garcia’s double high off the batter’s eye above the 405′ mark Friday night was almost more impressive than his homerun.

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