Kale Breaux‘s recruitment started very early in his baseball career.
The southpaw pitcher from Sulphur, Louisiana received his first scholarship offer from Florida International as an eighth grader and plenty of other schools soon followed.
Breaux made an early commitment to in-state LSU but he ended up flipping his allegiance to Mississippi State before his high school career was complete.
“My sophomore year I de-committed from LSU,” Breaux said. “It wasn’t that I didn’t like LSU, I just love Mississippi State more. I loved the tradition over here. I wanted to get better as a player and I felt like I could play early here.”
Breaux went on to be named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior going 9-0 with a 0.12 ERA and 99 strikeouts in only 56 innings. He also won a gold medal with USA Baseball in the 2014 Pan American Games.
Breaux brought his four pitch arsenal to Starkville where he appeared in 16 games and made one start as a true freshman this past spring. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder posted a 2-1 record with a 5.40 ERA, 19 strikeouts and 10 walks over 16 2/3 innings of work.
“It was a bumpy ride for me,” Breaux said. “I’ve been up and down. I’ve been really good and sometimes I’ve been bad. But it’s a learning experience and I’m focusing more on the process than the outcome. It was just a blessing to be out there playing as a freshman in the SEC and a really great experience.”
One of the most influential aspects Breaux picked up during his freshman year was more about his mental approach to pitching.
“You just have to slow the whole ballgame down,” Breaux said. “When the ball is in my hand, I have to slow the whole game down to where it’s in my control and I own the whole field. I can’t speed up anything or be a freshman on the field. I can be a freshman in the classroom but on the field I have to be a five-year starter.”
Breaux furthered his knowledge of the craft in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer. In five outings and one start with the Chatham Anglers, he posted a 4.82 ERA with nine strikeotus and six walks spanning 9 1/3 frames.