Aaron Judge is the new king of long home runs, but Keon Broxton gave him a run for his money Thursday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the surprise teams in baseball so far this season as they sit atop the NL Central with a 36-32 record. After a 6-4 win Thursday night, they just took three out of four from the St. Louis Cardinals on the road as a relative statement on their staying power.
In the series against the Cardinals, Brewers’ outfielder Keon Broxton went 4-for-11 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. He’s now hitting .232 with nine home runs, 22 RBI, 37 runs scored and 10 stolen bases this season, but his home run Thursday night was epic.
In the top of the second inning, with a man on, Cardinals’ starter Michael Wacha put a pitch right into Broxton’s wheelhouse.
Broxton’s 489-foot blast is now the longest in the history of this rendition of Busch Stadium, and the second-longest in the majors this season. Last Sunday, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit a home run that measured 495 feet.
With three home runs now in his last five games, Milwaukee’s promotion of top outfielder prospect Lewis Brinson appears to have lit a fire under Broxton. There’s room for both to start in the Brewers outfield right now, but once Ryan Braun returns from a calf injury a decision will have to be made. Domingo Santana seems safe from a demotion to Triple-A right now, with a .280/.375/.482 slash-line, 11 home runs and 35 RBI entering Friday, but if he hits a cold streak anytime soon it may happen when Braun is set to return.
In the big picture, having more good players than available lineup spots is a good problem to have. If Broxton keeps this week’s run going, the Brewers may have that issue as they try to maintain early-season momentum.