New York Yankees Draft a Pair of Catchers in the MLB First Year Player Draft

New York Yankees

The Yankees drafted a pair of catchers in Monday’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in a move to add depth to the organization at the catcher position, which is thin beyond the Triple A level

Anthony Seigler, 5’11, 200 lb, from Cartersville High School in Georgia, was the Yankees 23rd pick in the first round was one of the more unusual players featured in the draft—-he is a switch hitter and a switch pitcher, as well as a catcher. 

The Yankees are impressed with his athleticism and smooth glove work behind the plate and announced him at the draft as a catcher.



Rick Keeler of Pinstriped Prospects writes that Seigler is the 41st player ranked on Baseball America’s list of the Top 500 prospects in the draft and that scouts were impressed with his throwing arm “with pop times that hover around 2.00 seconds in-game.”

According to Keeler, Baseball America scouts also point out that he hits well and with enough juice to “rack up plenty of doubles.”  While he does not have any one plus tool, scouts have said he does everything well and they are high on his personality, makeup and toughness.

Josh Breaux, 6’2, 200 lb, out of McLennan Community College in Texas, was selected 61st by the Yankees in the second round of the draft.

Rick Keeler of Pinstriped Prospects, describes Breaux as below-average defensively, but he hits well and runs well in spite of being a catcher.

As Keeler points out:

“It is a little surprising to see the Yankees go with two catchers with their first two picks. However, it is important to remember that the team does not draft for immediate need and catcher is a position that they needed to address at the lower levels of the organization. They can take their time with Breaux as his game continues to develop.”

 

Welcome to the organization Anthony Seigler and Josh Breaux!