Name: Andrew Brackman
Position: Right handed pitcher
Date of Birth: December 4, 1985
Drafted out of: College – North Carolina State
Height/Weight: 6’9″ / 245 pounds
This in Division I competition.
Scouting Report: This is where Andrew Brackman starts to shine. Brackman has a two-seam and four-seam fastball, regularly 92-97MPH, and he’s touched 99 before. His two-seamer has good movement. He throws a knuckle-curve 78-81 MPH with good movement. He throws a changeup 82-84MPH; it has plus-pitch potential. He has good command of his fast stuff but a little bit lesser command of the breaking stuff. He also might have a splitter (though I have yet to see video of it), which is rumored to be a plus pitch also. The biggest knocks on him, however, also come in scouting. His mechanics are inconsistent. In addition, this spring he hasn’t pitched due to what’s being called a “dead arm”, and there have been rumors of Tommy John. In addition, he’s never been able to pitch a full college season and there are lots of things to be scared about in terms of durability.
Signability: Brackman is a junior, so if we lowball him, he could go back to college. That said, he seems like something of a Yankees fan, and even if he doesn’t give us a discount (he is a Boras client, after all), he’s said that he wants to sign and start playing ASAP.
Other Info: Brackman has been an NCAA basketball player, and he’s never really had a chance to concentrate fully on baseball. He constantly draws comparisons to Padres pitcher Chris Young, who was a basketball/baseball star for Princeton – in terms of height especially; they both range in extremely tall areas around 6’10”. Brackman has a better fastball than Young, and his deceptive delivery is especially helpful.
My Take: This was the Yankees attempt to drag in a top-10 talent; after just barely missing on Rick Porcello, who was drafted only 3 picks earlier by the Tigers, they got Brackman, who, only months ago, was in the same class as David Price. However, signability and injury worries dragged him down. Brackman is very unpolished, especially since he hasn’t had a chance to concentrate on baseball only, and the Yankees will likely treat him as they do high school pitchers. He is an extremely high-risk-high-reward type player, but the Yankees may have the best chance to get the high reward of any other team – I’ve talked about minor league pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras before, but he can help Brackman refine his delivery, and Brackman is already a Nardi-type pitcher – Nardi likes to promote a fastball-curve combination in the Yankees organization, as seen with Phil Hughes. I really like this pick – it does bring about worries (when I first saw the pick I nearly went out of my mind, but since then I’ve warmed up to it), but the ceiling is there and I believe what the Yankees believe – they have a good shot at fixing Brackman.
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