The roster shuffling continued for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday evening as they traded first baseman Jason Rogers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and right-handed pitcher Trey Supak.
“We are pleased to add Keon Broxton and Trey Supak to the organization,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “Keon is a young, athletic outfielder who will have the ability to impact our Major League team as soon as this season while Trey was a highly coveted high school pitcher from the 2014 draft who adds to our growing number of pitching prospects.”
Broxton, a 25-year-old outfielder, made his Major League debut last season as a September call-up with the Pirates. Originally drafted in the third round in 2009 by the Arizona DiamondBacks, his contract was sold to Pittsburgh prior to the start of the 2014 season. He split the majority of the 2015 campaign between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis before finishing out the year by playing in seven September contests with the Pirates. Broxton is expected to be given the opportunity to compete for the Brewers starting center field job this spring.
Supak, who was ranked as the Pirates #15 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was a second round selection of the Pirates in 2014. He made eight starts for Pittsburgh’s rookie league affiliate in Bristol last season, going 1-2 while striking out 23 batters in 28.1 innings of work. At just 19 years of age, the 6’5″ Texan could open the 2016 season as part of a prospect-filled squad at Class-A Wisconsin.
Rogers, who was Milwaukee’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2013, made his big league debut in 2014 and appeared in 86 games for Milwaukee last season, hitting .296 with four home runs, but never had a permanent spot in the lineup, rotating between first base, third base and the outfield. Early indications are that the soon-to-be 28-year-old will be given a chance to grab the open first base job with the Pirates.