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Milwaukee Brewers Sky Sox Spotlight: Keon Broxton

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Apr 14, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (23) stands in the on deck circle against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the game 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (23) stands in the on deck circle against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the game 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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May has continued to be an up an down trend for the Colorado Sky Sox team. So far they’re 5-8 in the month, which gives them an overall record of 14-18.

There’s a player, though, that’s been mostly up since he was demoted earlier in the season. Keon Broxton is this weeks: Sky Sox Spotlight. 

You already know how I feel about Keon Broxton. It’s no secret that I love the guy and his tools–speed, power, walk ability, and defense–make me drool. So I was more than excited (ok, I admit, I looked to buy his jersey) when he made the opening day roster out of Spring Training. But that was pretty much when my excitement ended.

To say that Keon Broxton struggled would be putting it kindly. He struck out 11 times in 18 plate appearances! That’s 61% of his plate appearances. I’m no math major but that’s not good. Even so, I felt he deserved a longer leash at the big league level. I felt because the Milwaukee Brewers were going through a rebuild, they could afford to have a longer leash on a young player like Keon Broxton.

But there’s a reason David Stearns is the GM of the Milwaukee Brewers and I’m not.

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Since being demoted to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Keon Broxton has a slash line of .318/.400/.580 with 5 HR, 14 RBI, and 12 SB. He’s normalized his strikeout percentage to 24%, which would be a new career minor league low for him. His walk rate is also at 12%, which is around his career minor league numbers. His BABIP, however, is a little high at .390, which suggests he’s gotten a little lucky and his numbers are slightly inflated. And, of course, he’s playing in Colorado which certainly favors hitting.

At the major league level, Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played admirably well in center field for the Milwaukee Brewers and Alex Presley has also played better than I expected as well. That doesn’t leave much playing time for Keon Broxton. It’ll be interesting to see what the Milwaukee Brewers do as the year goes on.

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Do they keep Kirk Nieuwenhuis all year or will he be traded (if he has any value)? Can Alex Presley keep up his play and if he does, could he be traded as well? Another name to keep in mind is Ramon Flores–he hasn’t lit the world on fire at the plate–and with Keon Broxton’s resurgence at Colorado Springs, perhaps the Milwaukee Brewers will be looking to upgrade.

Or, as I suspect, (and as they recently did with Yadiel Rivera), they’ll leave Keon Broxton at Colorado Springs so he can continue playing everyday. At his age, I think that makes the most sense. It’s only a matter of time before he gets the call to the big leagues again and you know, I’ll be anxiously awaiting his arrival.

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