Top Dodger Prospect #6 - Jonathan Broxton

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Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Waynesboro, Ga.
DOB- June 16, 1984
04 Club- Vero Beach (high A)

Jonathan Broxton had a couple of major problems to take care of in 2004. The first was his weight -- he tended to pack far to much on his large frame. The second was derived from the first -- that he got out of tune mechanically and put too much pressure on his arm, thus breaking down for a biceps strain had limited him to 37 innings in 2003.

He answered the first by shedding 30 pounds over the winter, showing up in great shape. The second followed as he improved in every aspect, working 128 innings en route to an 11-6, 3.23 season in which he struck out 144 while walking only 43. Along the way he profited from working under pitching coach Kenny Howell as he gained considerable knowledge about where and when to throw his pitches.

He features a fast ball that touches 96 and sits comfortably in the low 90's, mixes in an excellent slider and is getting more comfortable with his changeup. He still has a tendency to tire so is monitored carefully. It sometimes happens in the middle of the game and when it does his pitches lose their bite. In all, though, he made splendid progress this past year.

His weight is something he'll always have to work diligently to contain. If he continues on his present path, Broxton, a second-round draft choice in 2002, should open the season in AA and could progress toward a big league callup by the end of the season.