The Brewers have signed 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 during every season from 2015-19. The bulk of that time came with Milwaukee, where Broxton started a little more than half the club’s games in center field between 2017-18. Broxton’s combination of power, speed and plate discipline were all evident, but he never made enough contact to consistently perform at the plate. The right-handed hitter owns a .209/.297/.388 line over 1026 career plate appearances in the big leagues. Broxton’s .179 isolated power and 10.4% walk rate are both productive, but a massive 38.6% strikeout rate has driven those low batting average and on-base numbers.
The Twins added Broxton on a minor league deal over the offseason. He spent much of the year with Triple-A St. Paul but struggled even more than normal to make contact. Broxton hit .186/.288/.335 with Minnesota’s top affiliate, punching out in 44% of his plate appearances. The Twins released him a couple weeks ago.
Despite his 2021 struggles, there’s no harm for the Brew Crew in adding Broxton as minor league depth behind Lorenzo Cain and Jackie Bradley Jr., both of whom have had tough years at the plate. The Milwaukee front office and coaching staff are obviously familiar with Broxton’s skillset and ability to fit into the clubhouse. Because the NL Central-leading Brewers signed Broxton before September 1, he’ll be eligible for their postseason roster. He will again be eligible for free agency this offseason.