Breaux is a six-foot-one, 220-pound backstop. He ranked 71st on MLB.com’s top 200 draft prospects. Baseball America considered him the 88th best eligible prospect in their top 500 list. The Yankees were connected to prep bats and pitchers leading up to the draft, so a college catcher is somewhat of a surprise.
Scouting reports indicate that Breaux possesses “well above-average raw power to all fields and an aggressive right-handed swing that generates uncommon bat speed.” That’s evident in his 2018 line with McLennan CC, where he hit 404/.532/.831 with 18 home runs. Breaux also has experience as a pitcher and flirted with a triple-digit fastball. The Yankees, however, selected him as a catcher.
Considering the slot for the 61st pick, Breaux is valued at $1,086,900. Anthony Seigler, the team’s first round pick, shouldn’t figure to command an over-slot bonus. One would expect Breaux to receive to receive the straight slot bonus or close to it.
It’s also worth mentioning that Nick Swisher announced the pick for the Yankees. That had to be intentional, right?
Just amazing that the Yankees could send Nick Swisher to the podium to announce a kid named Josh Breaux (pronounced BRO). Worth the pick for that alone.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 5, 2018
It’s clear now that the Yankees prioritized filling the holes in their organizational catching depth. That was the system’s glaring weakness. Should they sign both Seigler and Breaux, the pipeline will look a lot better.