Zack Breault heads to extended spring training


By Joel Charron

Spring couldn’t come fast enough for Zack Breault.

The 23-year-old, right-handed Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect has headed down to Florida, April 3 for extended spring training.

Breault spent last year with the Blue Jays Class A affiliate Vancouver Canadian. He appeared in 15 games, posting a record of 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

“I’m really itching to get down there,” said Breault in an interview a couple days before he left for Florida.

Breault said he has a much different feeling this year than he did last year at this time. Having a year of minor league ball under his belt, Breault said has a better understanding of what goes on in extended spring training.


For the second straight season Zack Breault heads to Flordia for extended spring training. Breault is looking for more consistency in his pitching this season

“This offseason was a little different in knowing what I’m getting myself into,” said Breault. “I think it will be beneficial heading into my second year.”

Breault will attend extended spring training before getting his assignment to either Vancouver or Lansing, Michigan. Although Breault said there is no guarantee that he’ll end back in Vancouver, he believes he will end up back on the West Coast.

With a year of professional baseball under his belt, Breault said he learned a lot from his rookie year.

“Baseball is such a grind that you have to know when to back off your routine a little bit and give yourself a break,” he said. “Your trainers and coaches help guide you but you have to pretty much set your own limits.”

Breault admits he has to take more “accountability” in his throwing program and loosen the reins on his off days.

Heading into extended spring training, Breault said he is excited to get back to work and he hopes to once again be a starting pitcher for whatever team he is assigned to.

“I want to prove myself more than last season,” he said.

The 23-year-old said he expects more consistency heading into his sophomore year.

“It’s not so much of an improvement but I think I need my pitching to be constant,” said Breault. “Stringing together four or five quality starts is what I want to see.”

At 23-years-old, Breault said he does feel a little pressure to try and get promoted but doesn’t put too much emphasis on it.

“Everyone doesn’t go into the big leagues at the same time,” he said. “It’s not a cookie cutter mentality, everyone has their own path. If I were to get my break and start moving up the ladder in the system, great, if not, I’m privileged to have played at this level.”

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