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Yankees add former first-round pick Andrew Brackman

Sep 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

The Yankees gave 6-foot-10 right-hander Andrew Brackman a late callup Thursday, and he’s expected to make his major league debut at some point during the final week and a half.
Brackman, an NC State product, was taken 30th overall in 2007 and give a $4.5 million major league contract even though expectations were that he would need Tommy John surgery. He underwent the procedure and didn’t make his pro debut until 2009, when he went 2-12 with a 5.91 ERA for low Single-A Charleston.
Despite his struggles, Brackman was moved up to high-A Tampa to open 2010. He went 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA there, but his impressive 56/9 K/BB ratio in 60 innings led to another promotion. He joined Double-A Trenton in June and went 5-7 with a 3.01 ERA and a 70/30 K/BB ratio in 80 2/3 innings. After the All-Star break, he had a 2.10 ERA in 60 innings.
Brackman turns 25 this winter, and it’s doubtful that he’s ready for the majors yet. However, he’s progressed to the point at which he should begin 2011 at the top of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s rotation, and he could be a candidate to start games for the Yankees by midseason if injuries strike. If he appears this month, it figures to be in mop-up relief.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    So far, not a lot of pitching has come out of the 2007 draft other than David Price (#1) and Brett Cecil (#38).

  2. doctorfunke - Sep 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    I find it interesting that in the stats that you give to demonstrate his various promotions, he doesn’t have a very good win/loss record. Yet it seems that his other stats have caused the higher ups to promote him anyways. Hmm.

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