The Mets acquired Keon Broxton in a trade this off-season for Bobby Wahl, who was the main piece in the trade for Familia last summer. Since then, Wahl may have torn his ACL and we all learned while watching SNY that Broxton has 16 dogs.
Keon Broxton was brought in for outfield defensive depth, meaning the Mets do not expect a tremendous amount at the plate. Ever nudge closer though Keon Broxton gets to being an average hitter then greatly raises his value since he’s already a gifted defender.
2018: 84 PA, 78 AB, 4 HR, .179/.281/.410, 1.6 WAR, 77 DRC+
Career: .221/.313/.421, 81 DRC+
This is what we already knew about Broxton, can he elevate these numbers though?
(Citations: ESPN projections can be found here. ZiPS can be found here. Steamer can be found here. Baseball Reference projections (BR) can found on the players BR page which linked elsewhere on this article. )
Baseball Reference sees Broxton putting up right around average hitting numbers. ESPN has a dramatic increase over last year and his career numbers and both ZiPS and Steamer see Broxton improving over last year but not near his normal numbers. What we do see in the projections is Keon’s scouting report. He has pop, but not consistent contact, leading to low batting averages.
It’s still unknown how the Mets are going to balance playing time for Keon and Juan this upcoming season. If Broxton wants to play more, he will have to hit more.