Breault gets assignment from Toronto Blue Jays

By Joel Charron

The anxious feeling is starting to creep over Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Zack Breault as spring approaches.

Breault, 22, who signed a minor league contract with the Canadian Major Baseball club has been given his spring training assignment.

Come April 5, the right-hander will be heading down to Dunedin, Florida for extended spring training and according to Breault it not a moment to soon.

“I’m getting a little stir crazy,” said the 22-year-old.

Breault said extended spring training is for first year players. Major League clubs often use extended spring training to acclimate players to the pro game.

Amherstburg native Zack Breault says he's ready for the next challenge in his young career. Breault leaves for extended spring training April 5.

“I’m hoping to go to spring training and get a chance to prove myself,” he said.

The reality of moving to the next level has sunk in for Breault. During the offseason, Breault has been training in the gym and at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

On Dec. 23, Breault was amongst other undrafted free agents and draftees at the Rogers Center in Toronto for a workout.

Breault said Major League clubs don’t have a lot of money invested in undrafted free agents; however the young hurler said he has no problem having to prove himself to scouts.

Breault admits to being “bummed out” when finding out he would be attending extended spring training however, he now views it as an opportunity to work on his mechanics and a way to familiarize himself with the game at the professional level.

“This is a numbers game,” said Breault. “But I will not be intimidated by the numbers game or of being lost in the business side of things. I am ready to compete.”

After extended spring training Breault expects to be sent to rookie ball in one of three places, Bluefield, West Virginia, Florida or Vancouver. He said the Blue Jays have hinted to him that Vancouver may be where he’s headed.

Breault said he is anxious to start playing baseball again, the Amherstburg native hasn’t pitched since the summer. He mentioned that the Blue Jays organization told him not to participate in fall ball this year.

“I want to go down there, keep up my work ethic and see what I can do,” he said.

Breault understands being invited to extended spring training is just part of the puzzle and said there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. However, he is pleased to see how his career has progressed to this point.

“It’s gratifying to see the hard work pay off a little bit and get a bit of a break. I’m glad to represent Amherstburg,” he said.

One response to “Breault gets assignment from Toronto Blue Jays”

  1. Max Mitchell says:

    It was just announced that Zack Breault will be Vancouver’s opening day starting pitcher! He takes the field in 7 hours!!!!! Go Canadians!