Keon Broxton
Keon Broxton
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Broxton was part of the 20-20 club in 2017, but after the additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, he saw limited time with the Brewers last year. His home runs and stolen bases were helpful for fantasy owners in 2017, but in real life, their value was offset to a large extent by a 37.8 K% and just an average walk rate, with Broxton grading out as 15% worse than league average by wRC+. His swing-and-miss issues were still prevalent on the farm in 2018 (35.6%), and in fact, Broxton wasn't even league average at the plate in 82 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs as a 28-year-old. He did provide value with his exceptional defense, but with no room for him in Milwaukee and no options remaining, he was dealt to the Mets. If Broxton can get a leg up on Juan Lagares, he should have stretches of relevance, but any success will likely be fleeting given all the strikeouts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Brewers in March of 2018. Traded to the Mets in January of 2019.
Likely ticketed for reserve duty
OFNew York Mets
February 16, 2019
Broxton is expected to serve in a bench role with the Mets to begin the season, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
After he was acquired from the Brewers on Jan. 5, there was some thought that Broxton might contend for an everyday role in center field, but those hopes were effectively quashed after manager Mickey Callaway indicated this week that Brandon Nimmo would serve as the Mets' primary option at that position. Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto are penciled in as the projected starters in left and right field, respectively, leaving the likes of Broxton, Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis to contend for depth spots. There could be an opportunity for the right-handed Broxton to handle a short-side platoon gig -- all three of the starters are left-handed hitters -- but that might not translate to enough at-bats to give him much early season appeal outside of NL-only formats.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .797 250 39 9 21 19 .237 .356 .441
Since 2016vs Right .708 546 70 24 58 30 .215 .294 .414
2018vs Left .512 32 3 0 2 2 .115 .281 .231
2018vs Right .781 57 12 4 9 3 .212 .281 .500
2017vs Left .772 118 21 5 11 5 .225 .331 .441
2017vs Right .701 345 45 15 38 16 .218 .288 .413
2016vs Left .916 100 15 4 8 12 .289 .410 .506
2016vs Right .694 144 13 5 11 11 .210 .315 .379
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Since 2016Home .708 394 56 12 36 27 .208 .310 .398
Since 2016Away .762 402 53 21 43 22 .235 .317 .445
2018Home .523 44 6 0 3 4 .111 .273 .250
2018Away .837 45 9 4 8 1 .238 .289 .548
2017Home .745 231 35 10 25 11 .226 .303 .442
2017Away .692 232 31 10 24 10 .214 .294 .398
2016Home .696 119 15 2 8 12 .204 .339 .357
2016Away .863 125 13 7 11 11 .275 .368 .495
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A player coming off a 20-20 season is usually looked upon favorably by his major-league team and fantasy owners. However, a 20-20 campaign that included a .220 batting average tempers enthusiasm. Broxton was one of only nine MLB players to hit at least 20 homers and steal 20 bases, but an ugly 37.8 percent strikeout rate eventually caught up to him. Broxton still would have had a chance to earn the starting center field job during spring training, but with the arrivals of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, Broxton is looking at a backup role at best. His speed-power combination is rare, and gives him ample value if he is seeing regular at-bats. However, barring a trade, his opportunities will be limited in Milwaukee's talented outfield.
Broxton opened the season 0-for-16 and was unceremoniously demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where many Brewers fans forgot about him. But Broxton proceeded to decimate minor league pitching and earn his way back to Milwaukee for a very productive end of the season. From his callup in late May through the end of the season, Broxton mashed nine home runs and stole 21 bases in just 69 games. He also struck out an absurd 77 times, a 36.3 percent rate that will make it difficult for him to maintain even the .262 batting average he produced after his promotion. Still, with his ability to hit for power and run wild on opposing defenses, Broxton is too enticing to write off.
The former Arizona prospect debuted in 2015, appearing in seven games with Pittsburgh late in the season, mostly as a pinch-runner. He’s stolen 150 bases in parts of seven minor-league campaigns, but sports just a .253/.333/.410 career batting line. Strikeouts remain a major issue — he fanned 156 times in the minors last season — especially for a player with average power (at best), but his ability to draw a walk has allowed him to maintain relatively high OBP marks in recent years. An offseason trade to Milwaukee has provided Broxton with a much clearer path to major league playing time, given the Brewers' lack of a competent center fielder. He is the favorite to open the year as the starting center fielder in Milwaukee, making him a keen add at the end of drafts for owners looking for cheap speed.
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Dealt to Mets
OFNew York Mets
January 5, 2019
The Brewers traded Broxton to the Mets on Saturday in exchange for pitcher Bobby Wahl and prospects Adam Hill and Felix Valerio.
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Removed from active roster
OFMilwaukee Brewers
October 12, 2018
Broxton was left off the Brewers' 25-man roster ahead of the NLCS against the Dodgers.
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Goes deep vs. Nats
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 2, 2018
Broxton went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 9-4 win over Washington.
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Back up with Brewers
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 1, 2018
Broxton was recalled from Low-A Wisconsin on Saturday.
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Optioned to minors
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 22, 2018
Broxton was sent down to Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday.
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