May 23, 2015

Reds Acquire Royals Closer Broxton for 2 Minor League Prospects

The Reds did not get the leadoff man they, or the fans desired but they did make a surprising move that helped bolster their bullpen. The Reds acquired from the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitchers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran.

The deal was announced just after 3:30 pm much to the surprise of Reds fans considering the current strength of the Reds bullpen. Broxton has gone 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA so far in KC. He”s walked 14 batters while striking out 25. He is a big league reliever and has served primarily as a closer for KC this year due to the injury of Royals closer Joakim Soria. Since Broxton became KC”s closer he has 23 saves in 27 chances.

In exchange for Broxton, the Reds traded 24-year old LHP Donnie Joseph. Joseph was drafted in the 3rd round in 2009 out of Houston. He was rated the 12th best prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America. Joseph split time in Pensacola and Louisville this year has an 8-3 record. He currently has a 2.86 ERA during his stint in Louisville. Before being called up to Triple A, Joseph was the closer for the BlueWahoos where he converted 13 saves with a .89 ERA.

They also traded 22-year old AA pitcher J.C. Sulbaran who has been pitching in Pensacola. Sulbaran was drafted out of high school in the 30th round by the Reds in 2008. He was 7-7 on the year with a 4.04 ERA in 104.2 innings pitched walking 54 and striking out 111.