Broxton with the New York Mets in 2019
|New York Mets – No. 23|
|Born: May 7, 1990|
|September 21, 2015, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|MLB statistics |
(through April 14, 2019)
|Runs batted in||81|
Keon Darell Broxton (born May 7, 1990) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Broxton attended Lakeland Senior High School in Lakeland, Florida. The Philadelphia Phillies selected him in the 29th round of the 2008 MLB Draft. He did not sign and attended Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida to play college baseball. With Santa Fe, he appeared in the JUCO World Series.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Broxton in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft. Through 2012, he played for the Missoula Osprey of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class A Midwest League, and Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League. The Diamondbacks assigned him to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League for the Triple-A National Championship Game, in which he hit a home run, helping the Aces win. He was added to the team's 40-man roster on November 20, 2012. Broxton played for the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League in 2013.
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Broxton from the Diamondbacks in March 2014 for a player to be named later. He played for the Altoona Curve of the Class AA Eastern League in 2014. He began the 2014 season with Altoona and was promoted to the Indianapolis Indians of the Class AAA International League during the season.
On December 17, 2015, the Pirates traded Broxton and Trey Supak to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jason Rogers. Broxton was one of nine players competing to be the Brewers center fielder for the 2016 season. He won the competition and started on Opening Day. He had his first career multi-home run game on August 21, 2016 against the Seattle Mariners. Broxton opened the 2017 season as the Brewers starting center fielder. On July 22, he was sent down to AAA. In 326 plate appearances, Broxton had been hitting .218 with 14 home runs and 17 stolen bases but was leading the majors in strikeouts with 124. Broxton was recalled from the minors on August 1, and went on to put together a 20-20 season (home runs and stolen bases) and finished with a slash line of .220/.299/.420.
Broxton remained in the Brewers' minor league system with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the PCL to open the 2018 season, as the Brewers made significant moves in free agency in the offseason and brought in All-Star centerfielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain suffered an injury on June 26, opening a roster spot for Broxton as Cain went on the disabled list. Broxton provided strong defense, including two home run robbing catches of Minnesota Twins players in one series, and had his third multi-home run game of his MLB career against the Cincinnati Reds.
New York Mets
On November 4, 2016 in Tampa, Broxton was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing. Broxton, who was reportedly intoxicated, refused to leave the scene of a fight despite the warnings from responding police officers.
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