Sunday, September 28, 2008
Last night was the first night of the Hawaiian winter baseball league, the lesser of the two off-season development league. Brackman was unspectacular, but the important thing is that he pitched. In 2.1 IP, he gave up 6 earned on 7 hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brackman has an almost limitless ceiling, but he also has a very low floor. It will likely take him a few years to figure out his mechanics, due to his height. For this reason, I think he and Dellin Betances will have similar paths to the majors. Brackman is definitely capable of figuring out his mechanics becoming a great pitcher, as he is a great athlete, also playing basketball at NC State.
Friday, September 26, 2008
The Yankees 2007 first round pick Andrew Brackman has yet to throw a pitch as a professional baseball player. He was a top five talent in the draft, but he fell to the Yankees because he needed Tommy John Surgery, from which he has since been rehabbing. Tomorrow night, Brackman will take the mound in Hawaii, his first game action since the Yankees drafted him. We shouldn't expect too much from him, as it is his first start in about two years, but the 6'10" righty could be an ace one day.