JOSH BROUGHTON, THIRD BASEMAN
|Born: July 22, 1997
Drafted: 25th Round, 739th Overall, 2019 (Royals)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Valdosta State University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Royals drafted Broughton as a pitcher, but he lasted only six games with them after getting very poor results. After the pandemic season, he caught on with Ogden of the Pioneer League. He pitched a little in his first year there, again with bad results, but as an outfielder he put up big hitting numbers. He has a good arm, as you’d expect, and also good speed. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2023.
Broughton got into six games as a reliever with the Royals, obviously with poor results.
Broughton didn’t play during the pandemic season and Kansas City released him that fall.
IND: 405/448/621, 351 AB, 21 2B, 8 3B, 13 HR, 27 BB, 55 K, 13-17 SB
Broughton caught on in the independent Pioneer League. Pitching again didn’t go well, but he did a lot better at the plate. The numbers should be viewed with extreme caution, though, as the league batted 310/396/493. He played mostly in the outfield, but got into five games at third.
Back in the Pioneer League, Broughton again put up big numbers. He also showed his speed on the bases.
The Pirates listed Broughton as a third baseman in reporting the signing. The hitting numbers look great, but the Pirates signed another Ogden player, Jakob Goldfarb, a year before they signed Broughton, and he put up even bigger numbers at Ogden than Broughton in 2021. Goldfarb lasted only a month and a half in low A with the Pirates.
|2023: Minor League Salary
|Signing Bonus: $5,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2025
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 25th round, 739th overall pick; signed on June 9.
November 4, 2020: Released by the Kansas City Royals.
October 27, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.