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Josh Breaux

#34 | C | YankeesNYY
Hudson Valley Renegades Hudson Valley Renegades
Josh Breaux
Name: Joshua Breaux
Born: Oct 7, 1997 in Houston, TX
Junior College: McLennan (Texas) JC
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (61st overall) by the New York Yankees in 2018 (signed for $1,497,500)
Breaux has one of the best arms in this draft class, as he sits 95-98 mph and has touched 100 mph on some radar guns when working as a one-inning reliever. But teams have rarely seen him pitch as he's also McLennan's catcher and best power hitter, and Breaux wants to be a position player. Breaux threw 13 innings as a freshman and, as a sophomore, he'd thrown only four innings as of early May. As a catcher, Breaux is below-average defensively, but he's shown significant improvement over the past two years. His plus-plus arm serves him well, but he's a little stiff and has to work on improving his flexibility and receiving. Breaux is a solid athlete and runs well for a catcher (6.8 seconds in the 60-yard dash), giving him an option of playing in the outfield as well. Breaux's calling card as a hitter is his plus-plus raw power. He has 25-plus home run potential, although scouts wonder if his significant swing-and-miss will keep him from being better than a below-average hitter. He does have a track record of hitting with wood last summer in the Cape Cod League (.271/.310/.474) and he has produced this spring (.398/.524/.801) with more walks (40) than strikeouts (34). Breaux has signed with Arkansas, where he could be a two-way star, but his power potential could get him drafted as a position player, and he always has a fall-back option of moving to the mound if hitting doesn't work out.
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