Josh Broughton

Born: July 22, 1997
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 25th Round, 739th Overall, 2019 (Royals)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Valdosta State University
Agent: N/A
The Royals drafted Broughton as a pitcher, but he lasted only six games with them after getting very poor results.  After the pandemic season, he caught on with Ogden of the Pioneer League.  He pitched a little in his first year there, again with bad results, but as an outfielder he put up big hitting numbers.  He has a good arm, as you’d expect, and also good speed.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2023.

R+:  0-0-1, 9.53 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 5.2 IP, 1.6 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

Broughton got into six games as a reliever with the Royals, obviously with poor results.


Broughton didn’t play during the pandemic season and Kansas City released him that fall.

IND:  1-2-1, 9.28 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 21.1 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

IND:  405/448/621, 351 AB, 21 2B, 8 3B, 13 HR, 27 BB, 55 K, 13-17 SB

Broughton caught on in the independent Pioneer League.  Pitching again didn’t go well, but he did a lot better at the plate.  The numbers should be viewed with extreme caution, though, as the league batted 310/396/493.  He played mostly in the outfield, but got into five games at third.

IND:  381/437/608, 365 AB, 25 2B, 8 3B, 14 HR, 39 BB, 56 K, 29-37 SB

Back in the Pioneer League, Broughton again put up big numbers.  He also showed his speed on the bases.

The Pirates listed Broughton as a third baseman in reporting the signing.  The hitting numbers look great, but the Pirates signed another Ogden player, Jakob Goldfarb, a year before they signed Broughton, and he put up even bigger numbers at Ogden than Broughton in 2021.  Goldfarb lasted only a month and a half in low A with the Pirates.

2023: Minor League Salary
Signing Bonus: $5,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 25th round, 739th overall pick; signed on June 9.
November 4, 2020: Released by the Kansas City Royals.
October 27, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.