2018 Farmhand Crop: Josh Breaux

Josh Breaux

Josh Breaux – Bottom Line

Scouting

Athleticism

Listed at 6’1”, 220 lbs. Seems right. He’s stocky but doesn’t look overweight. Good sized biceps and forearms. He’s never going to be fast, but looks agile for his size. Dealt with hamstring issue this year. Strong frame, no projection left.

Hit (20/40)

Right-handed bat. Hands start low, slightly below shoulders. Swing feels a little hesitant. Bat speed looks a tick below average to me, but I’ve seen scouting reports crediting him with plus bat speed so it might just not be showing up on the tape I’ve looked at. Hands are very active pre-swing. Looks like he will expand the strike zone and go chasing. Loft in swing will probably lead to plenty of swing and miss.

Power (30/55)

Upper body strength is there to hit for some pop. Can punish a baseball. Weight transfer needs work, probably sapping some power from his swing. Swing has some natural loft to it. Hit tool will hold power tool back.

Speed (30/30)

He’s not going to run much, but he is agile for his size. Just not very fast.

Defense (50/50)

Big time arm (65 grade from Fangraphs), he was actually a RHP prospect at one point with a FB sitting 95-98 and touching 100! Receiving will be a work in progress for him. I’d give him an average shot to stick behind the dish.

Stats

Level

Only spent 3 games in the GCL before the Yankees pushed him up to the A-Short Season NY-Penn League. This is actually an aggressive placement for a 20-year-old JUCO catcher, I would have expected him to stay at Rookie ball for at least his full first season.

Hit

He’s only had 29 A-Short Season PAs has he’s been dealing with a hamstring injury, so it’s way too soon to talk about his professional plate approach or batted ball profile. As a JUCO, K-rate was 18.2% and BB-rate was 11.3%. Also played with wood bats in the Cape Cod League in 2017, posted a .271/.310/.474 slash line, K-rate 23.2%, BB-rate 5.0%. I’m anticipating similar plate approach numbers after some time in professional ball.

Power

I can’t make anything out of his A-Short Season stats at this juncture. He did hit for some pop with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, posting a .474 slugging average and 6 HR and 9 2B in 133 ABs, good for a .203 ISO.

Speed

Negligible. Might pick off the occasional SB.

All stats current as of August 9th.

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