All it took was a good hunting trip with Ned Yost and Jeff Franceoneur to get Jonathan Broxton interested in playing for the Royals. The Royals took a gamble on a pitcher who was coming off an injury, but was a proven All Star arm in the bullpen. The Royals now have multiple viable closing options and after the injury to closer Joakim Soria a proven closer may be what they need. The big question though is will Broxton be able to repeat his previous numbers.
|2009:||73 G||2.61 ERA||7 W||2 L||36 S||76.0 IP||114 K||29 BB|
|2010:||64 G||4.04 ERA||5 W||6 L||22 S||62.1 IP||73 K||28 BB|
Last season was not a good representation of what Broxton can be as a back of the bullpen fireman. Broxton’s ability to overpower hitters has always been a huge strength. Will Broxton be able to get back to where he was? This is a question the Royals now desperately hope the answer is yes. The Royals have been slowly bringing Broxton along this spring to make sure his elbow is ready to go. Broxton’s spring outings have provided the Royals with hope that he could regain his once All Star level form.
Can Broxton regain his dominant form?
The Royals have many options that could be used as the closer of what could be a dominant bullpen. Broxton is the only proven arm, so will he get the first chance to close? I believe Greg Holland will be the Royals closer before the year has ended, but for now if Broxton is healthy and continues to produce as he has this spring, give him the first shot. He has proved he can be a successful closer, so why not.
On a fun note though, Everett Teaford and Tim Collins two of the Royals smaller players are enjoying staying warm in Broxton’s pants. This was quite possibly one of the funniest pictures I have seen in a long time. Enjoy!!!