Recent Yankees draft pick, Josh Breaux, is making a name for himself in Staten Island as a prospect you should be sure to keep your eye on.
With their pick in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft, the Yankees selected catcher Josh Breaux out of McLennan Community College. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the 36th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but he opted to go to college instead.
Breaux was considered the top junior college prospect in the draft following his 37 home runs throughout two seasons in MCC.
The catcher currently stands at 6-foot-1 with a listed weight of 220 pounds. He is 20 years old. According to MLB Pipeline, he currently ranks as the 15th best prospect in the Yankees system as well as the second-best catching prospect.
Based on scouting reports, the right-hander has a very aggressive approach at the plate which helps him keep a solid bat speed as well as generating some raw power with his solid frame. It is possible that this aggressive approach could lead to some more strikeouts at the plate for Breaux, but as long as he continues to make adjustments he should be fine.
As far as his defense goes, Breaux has room for improvement behind the plate, however, he does have a cannon for an arm. The 20-year old has a very good arm behind the plate but can lack accuracy with it sometimes. As he continues to transition to a full-time catcher his defense at catcher should continue to improve.
Breaux is currently with the Yankees Single-A affiliate Staten Island Yankees where he has begun his professional career with a solid beginning. Through his first nine games, the right-hander is slashing .286/.276/.393. You’d like to see that on-base percentage a bit higher, but he should be fine as the season progresses.
I was able to view Breaux in person on Thursday when the Staten Island Yankees took on the Lowell Spinners. He put his raw power on full display in the first inning when he launched an RBI-double off the center field wall. He would go onto strikeout in his next at-bat and groundout in the bottom of the fifth. His final at-bat came in the eighth inning when he grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The two skills of his that stand out the most are certainly the pop in his bat as well as his arm behind the plate. It’s an intimidating factor that causes runners to have second thoughts when contemplating whether or not to steal a base.
He certainly has what it takes to become the Yankees everyday catcher in about three or four years, but like all players, he will have to make adjustments as he progresses through the rankings.