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Top Milwaukee Brewers Of The 2010s: Nos. 39-31

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates while standing on second base after hitting a RBI double in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates while standing on second base after hitting a RBI double in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 02: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers leaps to catch a fly ball in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park on July 2, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

36. OF Keon Broxton

In December 2015, the Brewers made a deal with the Pirates, acquiring the rights to minor league pitcher Trey Supak and young outfielder Keon Broxton in exchange for first baseman Jason Rogers.

2016: 1.7

2017: 0.7

2018: 1.1

Career WAR: 3.5

Broxton was called up to the majors during the 2015, seeing action in seven games with Pittsburgh. The trade gave Milwaukee a young, speedy center fielder who could swipe bases and had power potential. His first year in Milwaukee, Broxton, then 26, was showing fans why the trade happened. In 75 games he put up a .242/.354/.430 split with a .784 OPS. He slammed nine home runs, 10 doubles and had 23 stolen bases.

Broxton took control of the centerfield position in 2017, and had a career season with 20 home runs and 21 stolen bases. The issue he had though was striking out, as Broxton had 175 K’s to just 40 walks.

Most of Broxton’s value came defensively as he was fantastic at running down fly balls and robbing home runs with incredible speed and strong instincts. He had accumulated quite the highlight reel of those catches. However, it takes more than just being a fantastic defensive center fielder to start every day on a contending team, which the Brewers found themselves to be after 2017.

His .220/.299/.420 split was worrisome to the organization, so the team signed former Brewer prospect Lorenzo Cain to come back and man centerfield. Broxton played sparingly in 2018, never really getting anything going as he only appeared in 51 games, mostly as a defensive substitute.

In January 2019, Broxton was traded to the New York Mets for minor leaguers pitcher Adam Hill, second baseman Felix Valerio and major league pitcher Bobby Wahl.

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