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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Yankees MLB Draft 2018: Yankees select C Josh Breaux from McLennan Community College with the 61st overall pick

With the 61st pick of the 2018 draft, the New York Yankees have selected catcher Josh Breaux (pronounced BRO) from McLennan Community College in Texas. Breaux was the 71st ranked draft prospect on MLB.com and hit .404 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI as a Sophomore at McLennan this year. His best skill is his power bat. Breaux has also topped out at over 100 MPH on the mound, but the Yankees drafted him as a catcher.
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The 6’1”, 220 pound catcher has a plus throwing arm, but must get better as a blocker and receiver of the baseball. According to scouts on MLB.com, he has improved over the last year in those areas. Breaux is the second catcher selected by the Yankees in this year’s draft after Anthony Siegler was taken 23rd overall.

Breaux's stock really improved after he finished fifth in the Cape Cod League with six home runs last summer. While his power and bat speed are undeniable traits, there are some questions about patience and approach at the plate.

Breaux is a 2019 Arkansas commit and was previously drafted by the Houston Astros in the 36th round of last year’s draft. It’s no secret that the Yankees system was thin on catchers, and the team has clearly prioritized restocking the cupboard at that position.

Article by: Jake Graziano