Prospect Highlights: Keon Broxton Continues to Hit, Walk-Off For Indianapolis

Today we focus on a veteran that could provide the Pittsburgh Pirates with outfielder depth and a former prospect, who could be regaining that status. The first video is a two-run homer from Chris Dickerson. He is hitting .425 in his last ten games and .348/.414/.527 on the season. Dickerson isn’t on the 40-man roster, otherwise we would have likely seen him in Pittsburgh recently over Jaff Decker and Brent Morel, who are both struggling at the plate, but each briefly got a Major League call-up. We may see Dickerson some time this season for the Pirates, especially if he continues to hit like this.

The second video is an RBI double from Keon Broxton, scoring the only run for the Curve in yesterday’s 2-1 loss. He is hitting .290 this season with an .898 OPS, which is tops on the team. Broxton has always shown some signs of being a potential prospect after being drafted in the third round in 2009 as a 19-year-old. He has hit as many as 19 homers in a season and stole 33 bases one year. He never put it all together, always coming up short with a low average and high strikeout total. The early results for Altoona are good and he just turned twenty-four last week, so while he is top end of what you would like to see at AA, it’s still an acceptable age for some have a breakout season. It will be interesting to see if Broxton can continue, or will he fall back due to the things that have held him back in the past.

One final video for your viewing pleasure. The walk-off single from Chris McGuiness that scored Gregory Polanco with the winning run, as Indianapolis defeated Pawtucket by a 6-5 score.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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