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Jonathan Roy Broxton is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as a closing pitcher. Broxton went to the Burke County High School where he became famous after his senior season stats of a 9-2 win-loss record combined with a 1.21 ERA. Straight out of high school, Broxton declared for the 2002 MLB Draft and was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round.
Broxton rose through the minors quite rapidly and beginning in the Rookie League in 2002, he recorded a 2.76 ERA and a 2-0 record with 33 strikeouts to get up to the Advanced A-League. Despite an injury break in 2003 that led to Broxton missing the entire season, he was well prepared for the Vero Beach Dodgers and the Advanced A-League upon his return.
Broxton registered a 11-6 record at an ERA of 3.23 and was promoted to the AA-League to play for the Jacksonville Suns. Broxton had another wonderful season with the Suns and in 33 games, had a 5-3 record with a 3.17 ERA. This performance warranted a promotion and no one was surprised when that promotion came in 2005 itself, and that too directly to the MLB roster.
Finishing the 2005 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Broxton was sent down to the AAA-League to represent the Las Vegas 51s for 11 games, before coming back up to the Dodgers, this time for good. The promotion was primarily due to the incredible 0.00 ERA that he had recorded over those 11 games, not giving away a single run in 11.1 innings.
An out-of-form Lance Carter made way for Broxton in the MLB roster as the youngster took the National League by storm. Broxton finished the 2006 season with a 2.59 ERA in 68 games and 76.1 innings pitched. He had 97 strikeouts to his name, a record he improved to 99 in 2007 where he only failed to improve on his win-loss record. His 4-1 record of 2006 was not beaten as Broxton ended 2007 at 4-4. His ERA remained impressive at 2.85 over 83 games.
In 2008, Broxton had his first losing season as he ended the year with a 3-5 record over 70 appearances. His ERA was at 3.13 but that was to be surpassed by a sensational 2009. After 73 games, Broxton had a 7-2 record at an ERA of 2.61 with 114 strikeouts. It was not surprising that such numbers warranted a call-up to the National League All-Star team even though he was unable to play due to injury.
Broxton also played at the 2009 World Baseball Classic as part of the USA team.
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