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The Brewers signed an outfielder Keon Broxton to a minor league contract, the team informed reporters (including Adam McCalvy of MLB.com). Presumably, the 31-year-old will be assigned to Triple-A Nashville.
Broxton appeared in the majors every season from 2015 to 2019. Most of that time came with Milwaukee, where Broxton started just over half of the club’s games in centerfield between 2017-18. Broxton’s combination of power, speed and discipline at home was evident, but he never made enough contact to perform consistently at home plate. The right-handed hitter has a 0.209 / 0.297 / 0.388 line in 1,026 career home plate appearances in the big leagues. Broxton’s .179 isolated horsepower and 10.4% walk rate are both productive, but a massive 38.6% pullout rate resulted in that low batting average and those numbers on the base.
The Twins added Broxton to a minor league contract during the offseason. He spent much of the year with Triple-A St. Paul, but found it even more difficult to make contact. Broxton hit 0.186 / 0.288 / 0.335 with Minnesota’s top affiliate, scoring in 44% of his home plate appearances. The Twins released him a few weeks ago.
Despite struggling in 2021, there is nothing wrong for the Brew Crew to add Broxton as a minor league depth behind Lorenzo Cain and Jackie Bradley Jr., who both had difficult years on the plate. The Milwaukee front office and coaching staff are obviously familiar with Broxton’s skills and ability to fit into the clubhouse. Because the NL Central Brewers signed Broxton before September 1, he will be eligible for their playoff roster. He will be eligible for free agency again this offseason.