DOB: 6/16/1984 (31)
Place of Birth: Augusta, Georgia
Teams: Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Brewers, Cardinals
Jonathan Roy Broxton was born on June 16th, 1984 in Augusta, Georgia. He went to Burke Country High School in Waynesboro, Georgia where he posted a 9-2 record as a senior. He was drafted in the second round of the 2002 draft straight out of high school by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went on to sign with them later that year. Although he has never started a game in the MLB, Broxton began his career as a starting pitcher. He pitched 3 years in the minor league before being called up to show. He made his MLB debut on July 29, 2005, striking out future hall of famer and former Cardinal Albert Pujols as his first career strikeout. He started the 2006 season in Triple A where he pitched 11.1 innings only allowing 6 hits while giving up 0 runs earning him a spot in the Dodgers bullpen. He pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 7 seasons before singing with the Kansas City Royals in 2012. That season he was traded the Cincinnati Reds where he spent 2 seasons before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was later acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015 trade deadline for Malik Collymore.
As A Player
Bats: R Throws: R
Lifetime Line: 118 Sv/ 3.23/ 685
Jonathan Broxton is a reliable piece to any bullpen. Although he is not the dominate closer that he once was, he will be able to cement a late innings role with almost any team. At 6’4” 305 pounds, Broxton’s large build allows him to generate high velocity on his fastball. Although he does not throw 100 MPH like he did in 2009, Broxton’s fastball still sits in the Mid-90’s. He also features a hard slider that he throws in the upper 80’s. With the drop of velocity Broxton now uses a two seam fastball to keep hitters off balance instead of blowing it by them. He still favors his fastball throwing it 70% of the time while throwing his slider for the rest of the time. Broxton is still a dominate experienced arm. He is able to adapt to any bullpen role that is given to him making him a crucial part of any MLB Bullpen.