Broxton showcasing his skills in World Series

Keon Broxton connects on his JUCO-leading fifth home run, this one a solo shot Wednesday in Santa Fe’s 15-12 victory over Spartanburg. Broxton also leads the tournament with 11 RBI.

Keon Broxton is beginning to thrive in the spotlight.

So far at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, the 6-foot-4 Santa Fe (Fla.) College center fielder has wowed everyone with his all-around ability.

Broxton is leading the tournament in RBI (11), home runs (5) and has a .437 batting average.

Broxton said he enjoys the big-time feel of the JUCO tournament.

“The atmosphere here is more of a professional style, and I really like it,” Broxton said. “All the people out here, the talent is top-notch .”

Broxton has taken to the thin Colorado air as he has launched a home run in every game, including two in the opening game against Middle Georgia.

While he may now be used to the Colorado elevation, what Broxton’s teammates have gotten used to is his steady improvement over the course of the season. After a slow start, Broxton caught fire the last month and helped propel the Saints through the Gulf District tournament.

“The last month or so is when Keon came into his own,” Santa Fe coach Johnny Wiggs said. “He has always been a very athletic guy with speed, power, all those things, but he has learned how to hit a lot better this past month.”

Wiggs pointed to one of Broxton’s two hits in Wednesday’s win against Spartanburg Methodist as a way to illustrate his growth. Wiggs said it wasn’t the home run

Broxton wrapped around the pole in left field, but a two-run double in the seventh inning.

“What summed up his season for me is in his last at-bat against the side-arm guy with good stuff and a breaking ball and he hit an opposite-field double,” Wiggs said.

“That is huge because that is how you become a really good hitter. The scouting
report was he was an off-speed out, but lately pitchers have made two or three mistakes on off-speed and he has hit them out.”

After being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 29th round, Broxton decided to attend Santa Fe over a football scholarship he signed at Florida Atlantic University.

“I thought we had a tremendous athlete when we got him,” Wiggs said. “He could have been (drafted) even higher if he had been more focused on baseball. He had signed a football scholarship to Florida Atlantic to play as a wide receiver there, but he decided after he got drafted he wanted to give baseball a shot.”

Since coming to the Saints, Wiggs has seen Broxton transform from a great athlete into a great baseball player.

  Broxton has certainly improved his pro prospects during the JUCO tournament, and said he will weigh his options after June’s Major League Baseball draft.

“I think he’s made some money here,” Wiggs said. “Some of the scouts that have continued to watch him like him athletically, and the things he has done for the last month.”


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