Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Andrew Brackman

Andrew Brackman was called up today as another arm in the bullpen.  He is a 6'11", 230 pound fireballer.

Brackman played 3 years at NC State where he went 11-7.

He was then drafted by the Yankees in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2007 MLB draft.

His first season in the minor was 2009 with the Charleston RiverDogs.  Before the season started Baseball America ranked him as the #92 prospect in baseball.  There he pitched in 29 games, starting 19 of those games.  He went 2-12 with a 5.91 ERA in 106.2 innings.   He struck out 103 but walked 76.  That has been the biggest knock on Brackman, his control.

His second season he went through Tampa and made it to Trenton.  In Tampa he started 12 games, going 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 60 innings.  There he walk to strikeout rate was much improved, he struck out 56 while walking only 9.  He was then promoted to Trenton where he pitched in 15 games, 14 starts.  He went 5-7 but with a very respectable 3.10 ERA in 80.2 innings.  However, his walk to strikeout ratio was not as good, walking 30 and striking out 70.

This season he was promoted to AAA and spent the entire season there.  Preseason he was ranked as the #78 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.  He struggled especially early and was demoted to the bullpen for much of the season.  He played in 33 games, starting only 13.  He went 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 96 innings.  Here his walk to strikeout ration was awful, he walked and struck out 75.  However, as of late he has been having more success in the bullpen.  He hasn't given up a run in the last 11.2 pitched and has has some better control so the Yankees are giving him a chance to show his stuff in the big leagues.

Brackman has been one of the top pitchers in the Yankees system over the last few years.  Although he has had some major control issues, he is one top prospect who does have bullpen experience, which is what the Yankees are looking for from their call ups at this point.  Hopefully, Joe Girardi will give him a few appearances and get his feet wet in the majors.

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