Prospect review of Keon Broxton trade

Review of the three prospects Mets gave up in Broxton Trade.

By Jacob Yohe, (Written on June 1st)

Bobby Wahl suffered a torn ACL, though that happened he could still be a very good bullpen piece down the road. It may take a while though as Wahl has a 6.92 ERA over his career. He is 26 years old so Wahl will have to succeed quickly off injury to make a career of himself. His time with the Mets was to be desired as Wahl had a 10.13 ERA in seven games, Wahl though pitched well in Triple A striking out 73 batters. Wahl has a great fastball that can hit 98 mph which can make him very successful. Wahl has a curveball that hits mid 80’s and a cutter that hovers around 90 mph. Wahl I don’t know will be a huge loss for New York because of the injury.

Adam Hill was the second prospect He has faired a bit better he has five wins in nine starts. Hill though has given up eighteen earned runs while striking out forty four batters. Hill has also walked out nineteen batters, and has a 4.20 ERA. He throws a fast ball around 94 mph and his curveball in the mid 80’s which is good for a pitcher. His curveball is a lot better than his slides which he struggles with something he has to work on. For me Time will tell if Hill becomes anything he is only 22 years old and is only in single A so he has time to work on flaws.

Felix Valerio probably the most interesting prospect is only 18 years and a lot of promise. He is a good hitter with a great 3.19 average. Not known for his home runs but he is a solid hitter and defensive infielder. I think he will be a solid hitter in the Majors someday but nothing stupendous.

In review I don’t think this trade really affects the future in anyway I just don’t see enough potential right now, in these players to be concerned over this trade. Mets will be just fine without them. Trades happen sometimes bad ones. But this one shouldn’t hurt that bad.

Brodie Van Wagenen talks Broxton

Deesha Thosar of “The Daily News” asked Brodie if he had any regret with trading for Broxton and he replied “I don’t think there’s any regret because our focus was to make decisions based on the needs of the club at that particular time… Unfortunately for both sides, this one didn’t quite work out.”

He then added, “When we made the decision to trade for Keon, we were looking for a defense-first outfielder who had versatility to play multiple positions. Lagares was out for a whole year, we hadn’t seen him play, he’d suffered through injuries. We wanted to make sure we had coverage.”

Source: Deesha Thosar

The Mets DFA Broxton

The Mets will also call up RHP Paul Sewald as well as purchase the contract of Carlos Gomez. Michael Conforto will go to the 7-day IL due to his concussion.

Broxton was batting just .143 in his 49 at-bats.

Sewald has appeared in 3 games for the Mets, pitching 5 innings with a 3.60 ERA. The reliever appeared in 12 games for Syracuse, accumulating 18.0 innings pitched with a 2.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts.

In 35 games with Syracuse, Gomez batted .270/ .329/ .500/ .829 with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 16 runs scored, 21 RBI’s and even 5 stolen bases over 126 at-bats.

Gomez to join Mets in Miami

Last night, Carlos Gomez was removed from the Syracuse Mets game after hitting a 3-run home run. That lead to speculation that Gomez May be headed to Miami to join the Mets in their series against the Marlins. The speculation is accurate this time around. The Mets have selected the veteran outfielder’s contract and will join the 25-man roster.

Gomez had an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to opt-out of his deal with the Mets if he doesn’t make the team by June 1st.

In 35 games with Syracuse, Gomez batted .270/ .329/ .500/ .829 with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 16 runs scored, 21 RBI’s and even 5 stolen bases over 126 at-bats.

Takeaways from Sunday’s game vs the Brewers

Vargas gave up 3 runs in his 4 innings pitched, he ran into some bad luck when Keon Broxton misplayed a line drive towards him in right field. He only gave up 3 hits and struck out 5 with an ERA of 5.92.

Keon Broxton hasn’t shown much offensively so far this season, however he crushed a double over Lorenzo Cain’s head in the top half of the 5th. He finished going 1-3 with a run scored.

Amed Rosario had a multi hit game, the shortstop has been struggling defensively but today went 3-4. He’s raised his batting average to .276.

Juan Lagares hit an opposite field home run in the 7th, his 2nd of the year. The home run would put the Mets within one. The centerfielder finished the afternoon going 1-3.

Tim Peterson pitched 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out 1 and lowering his ERA to 2.84.

Tylor Bashlor made his season debut and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and struck out 2.

While Vargas didn’t go as long as many fans expected due to a hamstring pull, the bullpen was very efficient and kept the Mets in it till the end in this 3-2 loss to the Brewers.

Takeaways from last nights game

  • Everyone in the starting lineup (excluding deGrom) got at least one hit.
  • Brandon Nimmo went 2-5 while back in the lead off spot.
  • Jeff McNeil has another multi hit game under his belt, going 2-3 with a double, run scored and base on balls. He’s now batting .383/ .463/ .511/ .974.
  • J.D. Davis hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot off of Julio Teheran in the second inning.
  • Both Amed Rosario and Keon Broxton picked up an RBI, Rosario now has 11 on the season.
  • deGrom had the strikeout ball going for him, he K’d nine Braves in only 5 innings pitched.

“The Put it in the Books Show” presents #MetsCrushMonday: Keon Broxton

Vicious. That’s hardly a word anyone would use when it comes to the terms of speed, but thinking of newly acquired Mets OF Keon Broxton, the word vicious perfectly describes the youngster’s approach on the base paths.

He’s already stolen two bases in his first three games wearing a Mets uniform. What I find encouraging is that he stole those bases with the Mets losing, situational base stealing, just like the hitting approach Chili Davis is implementing on the team in the batters box.

First drafted by the Phillies in the 29th round in the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Lakeland Senior HS, Broxton opted to go to a Community College in Gainesville, Florida. The move paid off as he was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks just one year later.

After being traded to the Pirates organization, Broxton eventually found himself in the Milwaukee Brewers system. Throughout his Minor League career, Broxton has 10 seasons under his belt. He has a slash line of .256/ .335/ .419/ .754 and stole 201 bases over that time.

Broxton debut in 2015 for the Pirates appearing in seven games but really broke out in 2017 when he had a 20/20 season with 49 R.B.I.’s in 414 at-bats. His slash line was .220/ .299/ .420/ .719 in his 463 plate appearances.

The Mets traded off reliever Bobby Wahl and two minor leaguers for the speedy outfielder. It looks like it may have been the right way to go.

Corne’s Cut:

I love Broxton, I loved getting the guy in the trade. Broxton has major talent, with some flaws he can improve.

First off, the defense is out of this world. He has amazing numbers to back that up. He had a ridicoulus 11 defensive runs saved in 91.1 innings. It led to a 1.6 Bwar (higher than Harper) in just 51 games.

Well, we have Lagares who is great on defense, Broxton also provides an on base skill and some pop. In a full season in 2017, Broxton hit 20 homeruns and beside hitting just .221 in his career, he owns a .313 OBP. Not great but higher than Lagares (.300).

Broxton also has stolen base skills, which Lagares doesn’t really provide. Broxton has a 79% succes rate stealing bases and is two for two so far this year.

Yes Broxton has trouble making contact as that is his major flaw. But if he is able to hit .220 with some pop and obp around .320 he is very valuable with his defense.

For the record I like Lagares, but to me Broxton is arguably equal defensively with more potential with the bat.

Keon Broxton is a stand up dude

I know there’s going to be a lot of fans out there that’ll be mad at this because of his lack of hitting this spring. But animals are awesome! And puppies are the freaking best!!

Broxton started to care for a litter of eight puppies after the mother contracted “milk fever”. When he returns home after a day at the ballpark, he relieves his girlfriend of bottle duties as the couple try to nurse the litter back to health.

Broxton has been breeding dogs for sometime now, in his Tampa residence and shows them off on his Instagram account (@BroxtonJacks).

Broxton says “There’s really not much more that I can do besides provide a good, soft space for them to nurse and sleep and stuff… it’s pretty simple.”

Broxton is battling both Juan Lagares and Carlos Gomez for a bench spot, two of the three will likely make the club but there’s no guarantees.