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Larry Lee Broadway

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Larry Broadway spent 4+ seasons in AAA but never made it to the major leagues.

Broadway was third-team All-State as a senior in high school and hit .533 as a junior. As a college freshman, he batted .333 and struck out 28 in 25 innings. His sophomore season, 2001, he hit .308 and slugged .492. He had a strong summer with the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League, batting .264 and finishing among the league leaders in home runs (6, second to Jason Perry), RBI (27, one behind leader Matt Murton), slugging (.428, 5th), runs (24, 4th) and walks (3rd). He was named the loop's All-Star 1B and Baseball America named him a Summer League All-American first-teamer. They also named him the #5 prospect in the Cape Cod League, 3rd among position players, beating out the likes of Aaron Hill and Conor Jackson.

As a junior at college, Larry hit .323. The Montréal Expos chose him in the 3rd round of the 2002 amateur draft, the 77th overall pick; their first two selections were Clint Everts and Darrell Rasner and Broadway was only one of two hitters taken in their first 15 selections. He was signed by scout Dana Brown for a $450,000 bonus and made his pro debut that summer.

Playing for the 2002 GCL Expos and Vermont Expos, Broadway hit .311/.388/.422 in a strong pro debut. He quickly scaled the Expos farm chain in 2003, making stops with the Savannah Sand Gnats (.307/.400/.566 in 83 G), Brevard County Manatees (.224/.367/.382 in 25 G) and the Harrisburg Senators (.321/.371/.551 in 21 G). Overall, he had 35 doubles, 20 home runs, 77 runs, 76 RBI, 69 walks and a .532 slugging percentage for the campaign. He led all Expo farmhands in two-baggers. He was also named the South Atlantic League All-Star 1B. SAL managers rated him the league's best batting prospect, power prospect and defensive first baseman; among those he beat out for the hitting honors were B.J. Upton, Jeff Francoeur, Hanley Ramirez, Brian McCann and Delwyn Young. Baseball America rated him the #12 prospect overall, right behind John Maine.

The towering first baseman spent all of 2004 with Harrisburg, producing at a .271/.362/.452 rate with 22 home runs, 71 RBI and 68 walks. Only Val Pascucci hit more homers in the Montreal farm system. He led Eastern League first basemen in fielding percentage (.993), putouts (1,069) and double plays (111) and was rated by Baseball America as the best defender at the position. The publication ranked him as the #13 overall prospect in the league, between Michael Aubrey and Aaron Hill and 3 spots ahead of Robinson Cano.

Broadway kicked off 2005 with the New Orleans Zephyrs behind only Nick Johnson on the Washington Nationals depth chart at 1B. He hit only .193/.281/.246 in 18 games for New Orleans before spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He missed two months of action. Returning to the GCL Nationals on a rehab stint, he hit .429 in 8 games. Promoted to Harrisburg, he batted .269/.329/.528 in 52 games to end the year. He was assigned to the Arizona Fall League and did very well, hitting .339 with a .446 OBP for the Peoria Saguaros, splitting first base duties with Brad Eldred.

The Floridian rebounded with New Orleans in 2006, hitting .288/.353/.455 with 15 home runs and 78 RBI. He led Nationals farmhands in average. He fielded .993, leading International League first basemen. He would have been a potential late-season call-up but dislocated his right shoulder on August 20, ending his year.

Broadway had a similar OPS despite a much worse average with the 2007 Columbus Clippers, batting .249/.359/.441. In '08, he hit .266/.354/.410 for Columbus with just 9 home runs and was 2008 Clipper of the Year. He was intentionally walked 8 times, tying Andy Tracy for the IL lead.

Broadway signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2009 and produced at a .233/.296/.398 rate in 69 games for their Indianapolis Indians affiliate. He also pitched his last two seasons, with a decent 3.48 ERA over 9 relief appearances. His career in decline since his 2005-2006 injuries, he retired and became a scout with the Pirates. He signed Justin Howard. Prior to the 2014 season, he became Pittsburgh's Director of Minor League Operations.

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