Pirates Prospect Interview: Keon Broxton

OF Keon Broxton has been on quite a tear at Double A Altoona. In his last 10 games Broxton is batting .400 with three home runs and nine RBI. Broxton was acquired from the Diamondbacks in March. He is hitting .265 overall with the Curve with 14 home runs and 48 RBI. PiratesDugout.com caught up with Broxton recently.

PD – What has contributed to this surge that you are on?

KB – I think it's more of a mindset, trusting myself and my ability and trusting my eyes. Working on really staying on top of balls and not trying to lift and separate. Working to try and stay down and through the ball and making sure I recognize the pitch.

PD – You were a two sport star down in Lakeland FL, you decided to forgo your football career and stick with baseball. College football is starting, three of your high school teammates are in the NFL . Do you pay a lot of attention to it and do you feel you made the right decision?

KB – I pay a lot of attention to it, I keep up with my old teammates. Every time I watch football I miss it, but I made the right decision to stay with baseball. I love baseball and I know that's what keeps me going.

PD – You grew up not to far away from Andrew McCutchen who was a two sport star. How much have followed his career?

KB – I followed it a lot when I was in high school, when I was a freshman he was a senior, he hit a home run off me. I kind of followed him a little bit.

PD – You played in Australia over the winter, how did that help you?

KB – I learned a lot, it helped me a lot with my pitch recognition. Just going over there and being one of the top players. They pitched me like I was Barry Bonds, it helped me a lot with my pitch recognition. It helped me find a good base in my batting stance. It was good for me and very exciting.

PD – You are playing with a bunch of other prospects in the organization. You are with Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, Willy Garcia, and Alen Hanson. Is it a lot of fun?

KB – They are good guys and they work hard. They come to work everyday and we push each other.

PD – Playing with Altoona at age 24 you really seem to have taken a big step. As you look at the big leagues do you have a time frame?

KB – I think everybody wants to be there as soon as possible, but I don't have a time frame. I'm just working hard.

PD – Are you pleased with the progress you are making?

KB – I'm working on being more of a contact hitter. Working on squaring balls up more often, on my two-strike approach, on my base running; working on getting my skills back to where they used to be, and continuing to work in the outfield. All around -- just getting better.

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