The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted outfielder Keon Broxton to Indianapolis, Pirates Prospects has learned. This move comes in tandem with last night’s move that sent Jose Osuna to Altoona. Broxton was hitting well at the Double-A level, with a .302/.365/.464 line in 179 at-bats. In that span he had 12 doubles, four triples, and three homers. He left yesterday’s Altoona game early, and has already left for Indianapolis. He could be in the Indians lineup tonight.

This performance wasn’t a big surprise, since Broxton had a .275/.369/.484 line in 407 at-bats last year with Altoona, with 22 doubles, 9 triples, and 15 home runs. He didn’t belong back at the Double-A level, but a lack of outfield spots in Indianapolis prevented him from moving up. With Jose Tabata recently going up to Pittsburgh, and with Deibinson Romero being released to play in Korea (thus creating more flexibility with the DH spot), the Pirates could send Broxton to Indianapolis. He will share the outfield duties with Jaff Decker, Gorkys Hernandez, and Mel Rojas.

This was the same as Osuna’s situation. He had no reason to be back in Bradenton, but was blocked from moving up due to a lack of playing time available in Altoona. He worked in right field to add another position that he could play, since he didn’t figure to see much time at first base with Josh Bell playing the position. With Broxton gone, the team could shift Willy Garcia to center field, and create some room for Osuna in the outfield, while also getting him some at-bats as the DH, and the occasional start at first base.

No word yet on the corresponding move from Indianapolis.

UPDATE 4:11 PM: Jordan Steranka has been added to the Bradenton roster to replace Jose Osuna. This isn’t a big surprise, since he was the guy removed when Harold Ramirez was added earlier this week. The Ramirez move shifted Osuna to first base, and Edwin Espinal to DH. With Osuna gone, Espinal will switch back to first, with Steranka serving as the backup.

UPDATE 4:16 PM: Altoona announced the Osuna and Broxton moves. They also announced that Andy Vasquez has been added to the team, replacing Broxton. Still one more move to go in Indianapolis. My expectation is that it’s Kelson Brown being transferred to Morgantown.

UPDATE 4:26 PM: Adam Miller has been placed on the Indianapolis DL, retroactive 5/27. That completes the set of moves.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Is it time to do something with Hunter Morris? He is hitting .144 with Indy and is 0-2 tonight with 2 strikeouts.

    • Like I have said before, Lambo will be playing 1st base at Indy as soon as he gets his AAA swing back.

  2. Good to see that Keon was promoted, I’m missing him by a day as we’ll be out in Curve Pa this coming week. If you get a chance to see him with Indy, he’s very athletic with a nice swing. He “should” be playing in front of Gorkey and I’m sure the Bucs will have him out there regularly.

  3. I know some have said he might just have the upside of a 4th outfielder but I’m not really sure why. He seems to hit for average, with a little pop, and has good speed and defensive skills.

  4. For Broxton, very well deserved. From the time the Pirates got him the scrap pile, he has really turned his career around 180 degrees. He seems to have all the tools…barring unforeseen injuries, I don’t see him getting much of a chance in Pittsburgh. Maybe he could be packaged with another piece – like a Tony Sanchez for example – to get an upgrade for the bullpen??

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