Broxton aims to keep progressing in Majors

Rookie outfielder starting to feel more comfortable at plate

Broxton aims to keep progressing in Majors

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton is booking plenty of frequent flyer miles this year.

Recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this week, Broxton is in his fourth stint with the Brewers in his rookie season. That sort of fluctuation between levels can be tough on a young player, but Broxton has taken the ups and downs of his season in stride.

"It's all about how you take it," said Broxton, who started in center and went 0-for-3 in an 8-1 loss to the D-backs on Wednesday. "I think I've seen a couple guys come down after being in the big leagues and it kind of puts them in a bad spot mentally. And it's just how you take it. I took it as, I got to get better, regardless if I'm here or there.

"One way or the other, I've still got to get better. I didn't really let it affect me too much. I just kind of always have the same mindset, and that's getting better."

After making the Opening Day roster, Broxton, with Minor League options remaining, was aware there was a chance he could bounce between levels.

"I kind of had the general idea of how things worked, especially with me having options," Broxton said. "So I kind of already knew that something like this could happen, but it has nothing to do with how many options I have left. It's been performance-based, mostly, and I've understood that, as well. I've just taken it one day at a time and tried to get better."

In 31 games with the Brewers, Broxton is batting .129 with a .256 on-base percentage. Defensively, he has been worth two runs saved, according to Fangraphs. The majority of Broxton's playing time has come at Triple-A, where, over 199 plate appearances, he was batting .287 with a .362 OBP and an impressive .562 slugging percentage, thanks in large part to eight homers, 11 doubles and seven triples.

Each time he has found himself in Triple-A, Broxton has produced until he earns another promotion to Milwaukee.

"It's nice to be rewarded," Broxton said. "Whenever you go back down and you're doing well, it's nice to get rewarded and have the opportunity to come back."

After starting out the season 0-for-22 at the plate with the Brewers, Broxton feels he has taken steps forward toward feeling more comfortable. Since then, Broxton has gone 9-for-48 (.188) with one home run. As the season progresses, Broxton finds himself gradually adjusting to the Majors, but still isn't pleased with his production.

"So far, honestly, me personally, I would say terrible," Broxton said. "But there has been a progression and it's getting better and better every day I'm here. It started off rough, but it's getting better and better."

Broxton will likely share playing time in the outfield with Hernan Perez playing third base regularly due to Will Middlebrooks landing on the DL with a lower right leg strain.

"The process is always going to be there," Broxton said. "I'm going to stay focused and stay working hard, as always."

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.